SAN JOSE -- A nearly four-hour standoff ended with the arrest of a burglary suspect who police say attacked and tried to disarm an officer before barricading himself in an apartment building near San Jose City College.

San Jose police said that the suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, tried to get away on a bicycle but was thwarted by a sprinting police dog. Police said the man was found with stolen property and noted that several burglaries have recently been reported in the area.

Police were initially called to the apartment complex on Richmond Avenue early Tuesday after residents reported seeing a man they suspected of committing burglaries in the neighborhood. Two officers searched for the man but did not find him.

They doubled back to the complex around 8:30 a.m. and were flagged down by residents who said the suspect was spotted in a laundry room. As soon as the officers entered the laundry, police say the man rushed at them.

The officers drew their batons and began fighting with the man, who amid the struggle reached for the Taser of one of the officers. This caused the affected officer to drop his baton and protect his Taser. The second officer hit the suspect with his baton, causing him to back off the Taser and instead pick up the first officer's discarded baton.

Before the suspect could use the baton, he was struck again by the second officer, causing him to drop it. He then ran into an apartment unit and locked himself inside, police said.


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So began a lengthy stalemate between the suspect, who rebuffed repeated orders to surrender, and police.

Nancy Mendez, 19, lives across from the apartment where the suspect was holed up said police knocked on her door and told her she needed to leave for her safety.

"I was sleeping and woke up to sirens," Mendez said.

Mendez and other neighbors were taken down the street as the standoff unfolded, and recalled hearing talk of several car burglaries in the neighborhood.

Police used a loudspeaker to coax the man out of the apartment unit, and summoned the MERGE (SWAT) unit, which fired multiple 40 mm rubber bullets into the apartment, with the aim of shooting out the windows to get a clearer view inside.

Around 12:10 p.m., the suspect was spotted trying to leave the building with a bicycle. A shout of "Unleash the dog!" could be heard from one of the officers, and in an instant, Nantos the police dog dashed after him, and the suspect was taken into custody.

Nantos was not injured and soon returned to handler Officer Brett Myers.