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Four in custody after 12-hour surveillance, standoff

December 19, 2018

Four people are in custody after reports that a woman and her two children were being held against their will Tuesday on the East Side.

Special Victims Unit Sgt. Michael Davis said a tip about three captives led police to a home in the 700 block of South New Braunfels.

“It was a family member who called and asked us to get involved,” Davis said. “Through an investigation, we were able to find out where the house was.”

Investigators began surveilling the home at about 8 a.m. After a short time, they saw the woman leaving the home with her two children, 8 and 11 years old.

“They were found leaving the house in company with some people,” Davis said.

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The woman, her children and two suspects were taken to police headquarters to sort out details of the aggravated kidnapping.

Detectives continued surveilling the home until about 5 p.m. when a SWAT team surrounded the home. A third suspect walked outside and told police that one more man was inside.

Police occupied the intersection of New Braunfels and Iowa as they fired tear gas at the home and tried communicating with the fourth suspect in Spanish.

“There’s a lot of canisters of gas that were shot in there,” Davis said.

After two hours, officers spotted the suspect in the attic and pulled him from the home.

No one was seriously injured in the standoff, police said.

None of the people involved were identified Tuesday evening. Davis said they are are still investigating the incident.

Jacob Beltran is a reporter covering San Antonio and Bexar County. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jbeltran@express-news.net | Twitter: @JBfromSA

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