Police Rescue Hostages In Alamo
POSTED: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 1:59pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 7:55am
ALAMO - Some neighbors were woken up by flashing lights and sirens, others noticed the commotion when they came out to get their newspapers. Either way, it was not a normal morning on Oakwood Street in Alamo Labor Day morning.
"I peeked out the window to see what was going on, you couldn't see much, the police were all over there, some of them had guns drawn. Then I heard that guy on the bull horn say 'Come out with your hands up!'," said Wilbur Guthrie, neighbor.
Guthrie was surprised to learn two people were being held hostage in a home right across from his.
"This morning, around 4:30 in the morning, we received a call from a gentlemen that had been held hostage in a mobile home here on this street," said Chief Arturo Espinosa, Alamo Police.
Police said after receiving the call, they immediately responded to the home.
When police peered in the window of the home, they could see the hostages were being held by duct tape. Duct tape was over their mouths, around their wrists, and binding their legs.
Police were able to remove the second hostage through the window. Alamo PD tried confronting the suspects, but after signs of resistance, they called in SWAT for help.
"We prepare ourselves, and we are going to use any type of force that we can that is reasonable and necessary. And this morning we were planning to deploy gas if we had to," said Chief Juan Gonzalez, San Juan Police.
But right before entering, the suspects surrendered.
"Two came out the front door. Then one jumped out the window and ran," said Espinosa.
But the third suspect ran into the arms of police, who had set up a perimeter around the home.
News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray explains more.