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April 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Apparently distraught over a fight with his girlfriend, a 42-year-old man armed with a pistol kept an Orange County sheriff's SWAT team at bay outside his Laguna Hills apartment for 17 hours before surrendering peacefully, authorities said. Robert James Anderson gave himself up to deputies when he heard a tape-recorded message from his girlfriend saying that she loved him and would not leave him, Sgt. Larry Jones said.
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September 19, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
A standoff with an armed man barricaded in his Villa Yorba Lane apartment ended Thursday when a police dog scared him into surrendering, authorities said. The standoff began about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when Jeffrey L. Ruzicka, 43, allegedly stood on his balcony waving a shotgun, Police Lt. Dan Johnson said. Though the man returned to his unit, several apartments were evacuated and police used hostage negotiators and tear gas trying to convince him to surrender, Johnson said. About 3 a.m.
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January 6, 1999 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Authorities were trying to determine Tuesday why an unemployed welder armed with a semiautomatic handgun barricaded himself and his sister-in-law in the garage of his Anaheim apartment for nearly nine hours. Police said the standoff, which prompted the evacuation of 75 residents, began late Monday after a 911 report that Mario Marrufo, 46, had held a gun to his wife's stomach, then threatened to take his own life by blowing up their apartment with a propane tank.
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October 31, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
A Laguna Niguel golf tournament was halted early Monday as police surrounded an apartment overlooking the El Niguel Country Club where a man had holed himself up threatening suicide. "We're just basically waiting him out," Steven Doan, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriffs Department, said regarding Charles Lang, who appeared several times on the balcony of the apartment on the 31500 block of East Nine Drive pointing a semiautomatic handgun at his chest.
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March 21, 1993
A suspected armed burglar was holed up in an Anaheim apartment late Saturday as a tactical team and other police officers surrounded the complex and ordered neighbors to evacuate. Authorities believed that a residential burglary had been taking place at the Villa Rio Vista apartments on South Rio Vista Street and that the suspected burglar may have been holding a hostage because they heard other voices and banging inside the apartment. A neighbor called police about 10 p.m.
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March 23, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A heavily armed man who fired on police and held negotiators at bay outside an apartment for 19 hours over the weekend was described Monday as a transient with a criminal record. Brian Raymond Main, 27, was arrested Sunday evening after a bloodless but tense standoff with police in an apartment complex on South Rio Vista Street. Main, on parole from a burglary conviction, forced a man out of his apartment late Saturday night and then barricaded himself inside, police said.
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July 10, 1994
A 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his father's house early Saturday surrendered to police after officers lobbed a round of tear gas into the house, police said. Police were called to the 15000 block of Harvest Street shortly before 1 a.m. when a man complained of trouble at the residence, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Jim Cansler. Once there, Cansler said, officers heard a single gunshot and the voice of a man shouting obscenities.
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September 13, 1991
A man who was apparently upset because his wife had left him was barricaded inside his house Thursday night with a shotgun, police said, and had held off officers for more than three hours. Neighbors and police said at least two gunshots were heard coming from the single-family house at 7630 Puerto Rico Drive. Police said they believed the man, identified as Patrick Vane, was alone inside. "I thought I heard a shot (around 5 p.m.
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April 24, 1990
After a 95-minute standoff with sheriff's deputies, a man shot and killed himself, authorities said Monday. Ronald Leon Phillips, 57, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head outside the front door of his house in the 9300 block of Batavia Street, Sheriff's Department Lt. Richard J. Olson said. The incident began about 8:45 p.m. Sunday when Phillips' wife went to police to complain that her husband had beaten her, was emotionally unstable and had been drinking, Olson said.
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