SWAT standoff on NW Side ends peacefully after 8 hours

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SAN ANTONIO – SWAT negotiators worked for more than eight hours straight Saturday at a hostage situation on the Northwest Side.

A man was holding his ex-girlfriend at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Babcock Road.

Police said the standoff started about 2:30 a.m. when the woman was in the apartment with her friends. Authorities said the woman’s ex-boyfriend then showed up and assaulted her.

The witnesses told police the man left and then came back with a gun and made the woman’s friends leave.

At least five or six SWAT negotiators were at the apartment for more than eight hours, talking to the woman and man inside the apartment. They tried to convince the man to let her go and come out without violence.

Eventually, the man listened. He let the woman out first and then came out after. He was arrested and she was treated by paramedics at the scene.

San Antonio police Sgt. Jessie Salame said this is not the man’s first time being charged for a hostage situation.

“Last year in Harris County, he did the same thing with the same girl, and apparently took her hostage and held the authorities at bay for several hours before he surrendered as well,” Salame said. “Clearly, this is a very dangerous individual, has a very dangerous history with her and we need to make sure we get the most solid case we can get. Put it together and make sure he stays in jail.”

At minimum, the man will be charged with aggravated kidnapping. Depending on his prior convictions, he may have added charges, including felony possession of a firearm and assault dating violence. 

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