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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SWAT Team Ends Hourlong Standoff After Realizing Nobody Was Home

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

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San Francisco police say it was pretty quiet in the city last night — for a change — with no incidents to report. But over in the East Bay there was some exciting SWAT activity last night (bomb-sniffing robots and armored vehicles included), with an anticlimactic ending.

It all started yesterday when police went to the 27000 block of Gainesville Boulevard in Hayward to serve an eviction notice. When the deputies entered the home, they reportedly found "suspicious notes" hinting that there were some kind of explosives inside. 

Bomb squads were called, homes were evacuated, and heavily armored SWAT officers descended upon the home in question. Officers announced repeatedly on a loud speaker that they were not leaving until the occupant surrendered. So they waited. And waited. 

Meanwhile, a confused neighbor began texting with the suspect who was reportedly a normal, nice guy. "When I text him I just said, 'the bomb squad is here, cops are here'," Jenny Raisler told KTVU. "I was just saying, 'Look, if you went crazy and made a bomb, let me know so I can get out of here!' He just said, 'I have no idea what they're talking about'."

After waiting long enough, officers entered the home only to find that nobody was there. And no bombs were there, either. Police did find some weapons and they're investigating whether they're registered. 

So everyone left and life returned to normal on that block, just time for dinner. 

[via KTVU]

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