Police Arrest Suspects After Standoff in Oakland

The two were arrested on warrants out of Alameda on suspicion of kidnapping, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

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    Police said the man is a kidnap and assault suspect out of Alameda County.

    Oakland police arrested two suspects wanted for elder abuse and kidnapping after a massive manhunt that closed down portions of Jack London Square for three hours Friday.

    Reynaldo Marte, 28, and Amanda Pearce, 21, both Alameda residents, were arrested on warrants out of Alameda on suspicion of kidnapping, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.

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    Oakland police arrested a suspect wanted for elder abuse and kidnapping after a massive manhunt that closed down portions of Jack London Square for three hours.

    Alameda police have been searching for the two since March 27, when Tehachapi police contacted them about an escaped kidnapping victim, Alameda police Lt. Lance Leibnitz said.

    Marte, who Leibnitz described as a "parolee at large," and Pearce allegedly kidnapped the victim, a 55-year-old Alameda resident, out of his home and took him to Tehachapi, where he escaped, Leibnitz said.

    The victim suffered moderate head injuries.

    When the male suspect was taken into custody around 2 p.m., police said he was dressed in women's clothing.

    Police spotted a stolen car in in the 400 block of Embarcadero West around 11 a.m., outside the Jack London Inn. Inside was the suspect and a woman.

    Police tried to stop the suspect, but he ran into the inn, police said. In the past, police said that the suspect has been armed, prompting officers to operate under the assumption that he was armed and dangerous. The hotel guests were placed on lockdown and are slowly being evacuated, police said.

    Because the suspect was known to have possessed automatic weapons in the past, police treated him as armed and dangerous, Watson said. They evacuated the hotel and called in a SWAT unit, before eventually locating the suspect in a hotel room with the help of hotel patrons and other witnesses.

    Portions of Broadway and Franklin and Washington streets were shut down.

    NBC Bay Area's chopper was hovering over the scene during much of the pursuit.

     


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    Bay City News contributed to this report.