Marathon Stand-Off Ends in South Bay

Man wanted for a probation violation stemming from the possession of a deadly weapon and for assault and battery.

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    Gilroy Police Department
    The tattoos alone make this man a easy one to pick out of a line-up.

    The execution of a felony parole warrant turned into a marathon police stand off in Gilroy Wednesday night.

    In the end, police in SWAT attire were able to arrest Anthony "Torpedo" Villalobos just before 11 p.m. without incident.

    Investigators say the incident began when members of the Gilroy Police Department's Anti-Crime Team spotted Villalobos in the 800 block of Welburn Avenue just before 4 p.m. They say he ducked into a friend's home after seeing the officers.

    The entire neighborhood was then put on lock down for most of the evening. Hostage negotiators worked with him for six hours before they were able to get him to surrender. Police said they took things slow because in the past, confrontations with Villalobos have turned violent.

    During that time, SWAT sent a robot into the house and found that Villalobos was holed up in an attic.

    Villalobos has the word "Gilroy" tattooed across his eyebrow. He was booked into the Santa Clara County jail on his outstanding warrants and new charges of resisting arrest and weapons violations.