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Fullerton PD ends standoff with residential burglary suspects peacefully; four in custody

Fullerton PD ends standoff with residential burglary suspects peacefully; four in custody

Fullerton PD ends standoff with residential burglary suspects peacefully; four in custody

By Greg Hardesty

A standoff that lasted more than eight hours ended peacefully in Fullerton on Wednesday evening after police located and took into custody a minor suspected of being part of a four-person team of would-be residential burglars.

Three of the suspects were arrested shortly after the noon call came in Jan. 13 regarding suspicious persons in the 1400 block of West Southgate Ave.

As officers arrived on the scene, the fourth suspect, later identified as a 15-year-old from Los Angeles, tossed his shotgun on the ground and fled.

He holed himself up in a vacant church, prompting the assistance of North County SWAT, the Anaheim PD’s K9 unit and a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

The standoff in the 1800 block of West Avenue ended around 9 p.m. when North County SWAT officers located the teenager in the church and arrested him without incident.

The minor is not being identified by the FPD.

The other suspects are Steven Sanchez, 19, of Paramount; Romell Knutt, 21, of Los Angeles; and Allen Cato, 19, of Los Angeles.

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