Rooftop standoff ends with arrest


A standoff between police and a suspected burglar in San Jose today ended with the man being arrested on suspicion of arson, assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism, among other charges, according to a police spokeswoman.

Sgt. Heather Randol said police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 2 a.m. in the 900 block of S. Second Street.

Arriving officers found a window to the residence that had been broken and a man on the roof of the three-story building, Randol said.

The man appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of a narcotic and refused commands from police to come down, Randol said.

Instead, police said he started throwing objects at officers and fire personnel.

Randol said negotiations continued for the next several hours. When it wasn’t resolved by the midnight watch staff, it was turned over to the day shift and the MERGE Unit, the department’s rapid response team, responded to the scene, Randol said.

As of 5 p.m., the standoff had ended.

The man’s name is not yet being released, Randol said.

Police arrested him on suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest, arson, assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism.

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