SAN MATEO -- An armed robbery suspect was taken into custody early Tuesday, culminating a six-hour standoff that prompted evacuations and a SWAT response.

San Mateo resident Shabo Atasuntsev, 27, was arrested at 12:40 a.m. after barricading himself in his apartment, police Sgt. Rick Decker said. Police named him as the suspect in an armed robbery and assault Monday in the 2700 block of Edison Street, and discovered he lived about a block away from the crime scene.

When officers arrived to take him into custody about 6:15 p.m. in the area of 28th Avenue and El Camino Real, he ran away and barricaded himself inside his apartment building, Decker said. Fearing he may still be armed, authorities evacuated nearby residents and sent a telephone advisory to others nearby informing them of the situation.

Authorities called in the North County Regional SWAT team to contact Atasuntsev, taking into account what they called a "violent history," Decker said. When he failed to surface after various negotiation attempts, the SWAT team entered the house and found him hiding on an adjacent balcony, Decker said.

Atasuntsev was removed from the building about 12:40 a.m. as neighbors stood by and applauded the escorting officers, Decker said. An "all clear" message was phoned to affected residents, and the man's neighbors were allowed back into their homes about 1 a.m. Tuesday

Atasunstev was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery with a knife and making criminal threats, and also had an outstanding warrant from a previous arrest, Decker said. Further information was not immediately available about the incident that prompted the charges.


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