Man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping following hours-long standoff in Mid-City area


An hours-long standoff Saturday between San Diego police negotiators and a man suspected of kidnapping a woman in the Mid-City area ended shortly after noon when the suspect finally surrendered and was arrested, police said.

What began as a 911 call at 7 a.m. about a reportedly armed man in an alley near Rex Avenue and 52nd Street turned into a police pursuit, police said. The chase ended when the van the suspect was driving became disabled after officers used spike trips to blow out the tires.

A woman who had called out for help when police initially responded to the call was able to escape from the van and ran to officers, said San Diego police Lt. Adam Sharki. It was unknown what her relationship was to the driver, he said.

SWAT officers surrounded the van at 54th and Lea streets, in the Chollas Creek neighborhood. Hours later, the suspect, Adrian Lamont Brooks, 45, surrendered and was arrested on multiple felony charges, Sharki said. Among the charges were kidnaping, firearms violations, committing a felony while out on bail, and violation of a domestic violence restraining order, he said.

One firearm was initially recovered but it was unknown whether there were other weapons in the van, as it had not been searched yet, Sharki said. A portion of 54th Street, between University Avenue and Streamview Drive, was closed during the standoff.





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