SAN JOSE -- A parolee with a warrant out for his arrest barricaded himself in an East San Jose home and stalemated police for 11 hours before a SWAT team entered and arrested him, according to San Jose police.
Mark Daniel Cuellar, 42, was taken into custody around 5:20 a.m. Monday after keeping police at bay since about 6 p.m. the previous evening. He was booked into the Santa Clara County jail where he will be held without bail because his arrest violated his parole.
The episode began Sunday evening when San Jose police got an anonymous 911 call reporting a sighting of Cuellar near at a home in the 3200 block of Vernice Avenue, near Story and South White roads. Officers ordered him to come out of the home, but he did not comply.
As a precaution, police evacuated neighbors and surrounded the house, and spent the next several hours trying to coax the man into surrendering. Eventually they summoned the MERGE (SWAT) unit, who took over the operation.
Officer Albert Morales said that at one point Cuellar claimed he had gotten stuck in a crawl space, which was not immediately confirmed. But early Monday, the MERGE officers entered the home and took him into custody. No injuries were reported.
Court records show Cuellar has at least five criminal cases in Santa Clara County dating back to 2007, with the most recent one filed in November. The nature of those charged crimes was not immediately available.