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Sixth robbery suspect arrested in hours-long SWAT standoff in City Heights

Posted at 1:15 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 02:03:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A sixth robbery suspect was taken into custody following an hours-long SWAT standoff in City Heights Friday afternoon.

Police arrived to arrest several suspects on the 3600 block of University Avenue around 11 a.m.

Several people were detained, but at least one of the suspects refused to surrender, Sgt. Michael Stirk said.

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University Avenue was shut down for several hours in both directions between 36th Street and Cherokee Avenue due to police activity.

Just after 5 p.m., a flash bang could be heard going off near the building.

Just before 6:30 p.m. Friday, San Diego Police said all the suspects had been "peacefully taken into custody." The department also said it was working to clear its vehicles out of the area.

Captain Anthony Dupree confirmed the suspects were being investigated for a string of about 20 robberies throughout the mid-city region, extending into La Mesa and El Cajon as well. Several of the suspects arrested Thursday were thought to be involved in a robbery Thursday night near the SDSU campus, said Dupree.