A man who allegedly threatened to kill neighbors in El Sobrante surrendered peacefully following a six-hour standoff with authorities that led to evacuations, according to the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.
The incident began about 4:20 p.m. in the 3800 block of La Colina Road near San Pablo Dam Road on a call that the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Alex Studer of El Sobrante, was standing on the balcony with a rifle aimed at a neighbor’s home. Studer also apparently threatened the neighbor, sheriff’s deputies said.
Studer has reportedly been acting up in the neighborhood since he moved into the neighborhood about a month ago, came outside waving a gun saying he was going to kill everybody, a neighbor told ABC7 News. Read ABC7’s report here.
Deputy Sheriffs responded and established a perimeter and made numerous attempts to communicate with the suspect, who initially came out on the balcony but later retreated into the home.
Hostage Negotiation Team members responded and spoke briefly by phone with Studer, who hung up the phone. Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution, and it wasn’t until 10:53 p.m. when negotiators managed to convince the suspect to surrender.
“The suspect exited his residence, complied, and was taken into custody without incident,” deputies said.
Studer was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on several charges – making criminal threats, exhibiting a firearm and obstruction. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.