Man and Girlfriend Arrested After 4-Hour Standoff in Exeter
EXETER – Two suspects were arrested following a hostage situation in Exeter, in which a man and woman refused to come out of a home with her young children inside.
Police received a report on Wednesday around 8:30 a.m. that a man had tried to shoot his mother with a crossbow arrow during an argument. The mother was not hurt.
Police arrived at the home, located on Kaweah Avenue and Sequoia Drive in Exeter, behind El Taco Man restaurant. The man, identified as Michael Sanchez, refused to come out of the house and had his girlfriend and three children under the age of 4 inside the house in what police believed to be a hostage situation, according to authorities.
Police surrounded the home and a SWAT team went on the roof of the residence.
The girlfriend, identified as Sarah Chavez, was told she could leave anytime, but chose not to. Police later determined that she was involved in the incident and arrested her on charges of child endangerment, delaying police officers and harboring a felon, according to authorities.
No shots were fired during the four-hour standoff and by 12:20 p.m., Sanchez had come out of the home and was arrested and everyone else was able to get out safely.
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