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SWAT teams use tear gas to remove man from San Bernardino attic

San Bernardino Police SWAT team members in an undated photo.
San Bernardino Police SWAT team members in an undated photo.

It took a few canisters of tear gas to evict a suspected car thief from the attic of someone else’s house following a three-hour standoff in San Bernardino on Tuesday, police said.

The San Bernardino Sun reports that the suspect, described only as a Latino man, was pulled over in a reportedly stolen car yesterday at about 9:45 a.m. Rather than greet officers, however, the man ran into a nearby home at the corner of Acacia Avenue and 10th Street and barricaded himself in the attic, police said.

Police, not knowing whether the man was armed, set up a perimeter and called in the SWAT teams. (Check out the Sun story for cool pictures of SWAT teams marching around the house.)

No one was injured during the standoff, but three residents were inside the house at the time the suspect entered it -- and quickly got out of there.

Those three were the sons and granddaughter of Yolanda Espinoza, who told the Sun she has 11 children, most of whom were at work or school at the time of the incident. She also said the man who barricaded himself in her house is named Anthony and is a friend of her 20-year-old son.