Photo: Aftermath of tear gas use in arrest
SAN JOSE– A suspect wanted by the San Jose Police Department for multiple burglaries throughout the area was arrested after a 15-hour standoff with police. 28-year-old Matt Santos was arrested at 4 a.m. at a home on the 400 block of Pocatello Drive just west of Senter Road in San Jose.
The arrest came after officers waited for 15-hours to try and get the suspect to surrender peacefully after reports that he was heavily armed and refusing to go without a deadly show of force.
A wheeled armored personnel carrier was deployed shortly before Santos’s capture as canisters of tear gas were deployed into the residence. The suspect was then taken into custody after multiple non-lethal rounds were fired at the suspect, along with a canine unit deployed to help subdue him.
The incident began when an SJPD officer patrolling the area saw Santos near his residence on Pocatello Drive and recognized him as a wanted felony burglary suspect.
The officer approached Santos but he ran into a nearby residence locking himself in. SJPD Lt. Mike King said. “As we were setting up on that house, to make contact, the subject fled and started jumping fences in the area.” A perimeter was set up in the area, to help block the suspect from any further escape.