Standoff halts traffic, work for hours at CA Capitol

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 8:47 AM

The man interior the suspicious car voluntarily surrendered around four p. m., stepping out of the car more than two hours after the standoff began, said Officer Matthew McPhail of the Sacramento Police.

Standoff halts traffic, work for hours at CA Capitol

A vehicle covered in scribbled writing blocked traffic across from the CA Capitol on Monday, stopping traffic for hours, leading police to near nearby businesses and disrupting government operations as officers tried to speak to a man interior before he was taken into custody.

The man interior the suspicious car voluntarily surrendered around four p. m., stepping out of the car more than two hours after the standoff began, said Officer Matthew McPhail of the Sacramento Police. Hours later police had found a device deemed suspicious in the man'south trunk and were working to render it safe.

"Even though the man is presently out of the vehicle, we don't yet know the entirety of why he was here or what his purpose was," McPhail said.

The man could be seen raising his hands and wearing a black tank top and ruddy sweat pants as he surrendered.

The Sacramento Bee spoke to the man'south roommates and checked the car'south records at the Dept of Motor Vehicles to identify him as Edgar Napoles Rodriguez, twenty-eight, of Sacramento.

One of the roommates, Karla Garcia, said that Rodriguez had been acting so unusual and frightening lately that they'd received a restraining order against him on Thursday.

Garcia said Rodriguez had threatened her, had keep a propane tank from a barbecue grill into their apartment'south oven and had torn down curtains to create a flag. "He went to my room with a bat, and I was scared and ran exterior and called the police," she told the Bee (http://bit. ly/1VfptUG ).

Garcia said Rodriguez was mad at his estranged wife, with whom he's a child, but she's number idea what his motivation might've been for the standoff at the Capitol. "I don't know what he'south trying to say, or what he'south trying to do," she said.

Rodriguez parked in the center of a active Str exterior the N entrance to the Statehouse around 1:45 p. m., blocking three lanes of traffic, leading police to near restaurants and clear businesses for several blocks.

The state Gathering ended business early Monday afternoon because of the standoff outside, and two of three entrances to the state Capitol were closed. Capitol tours continued, and visitors joined people who work downtown to look the scene unfurl throughout the afternoon.

McPhail said SWAT and hostage personnel tried to speak with the driver, who could be seen posting handwritten notes on the windshield, but he didn't speak to them.

The Str remained closed for hours after the man surrendered.

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