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Police at scene of Irvine hostage standoff

An armed man identified as 'an associate of the family' has stormed into a home in the Woodbridge neighborhood.

February 21, 2009|Robert J. Lopez

Irvine police late Friday were at the scene of suspected hostage situation involving an armed man who stormed into a home in the Woodbridge neighborhood.

At least three people were being held in the home near Rainstar and Blue Lake North, said Lt. John Hare of the Irvine Police Department.

He said the suspect had "some sort of firearm" and was "an associate of the family."

The incident began about 9 p.m., Hare said.

Police cordoned off several blocks surrounding the home, and helicopters were circling overhead.

Harris said police had not spoken with the suspect. "We have negotiators standing by," he said.

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robert.lopez@latimes.com

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