Man arrested after standoff
by Glenn Moore
Feb 20, 2013 | 8101 views | 4 4 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tracy police officers surround the house at 1493 Birch Drive while searching for a man.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tracy police surrounded a house and arrested a man suspected of stealing mail from neighboring homes following a nearly two-hour standoff on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Lt. Michael Vieira said Birch Drive residents spotted a man taking mail out of the mailboxes of homes near the Hickory Avenue intersection at around 2 p.m.

When a police officer arrived, he spotted a group of people standing outside of 1493 Birch Drive. One of the men, later identified as Robert Nevarez, 28, allegedly ran inside the house.

Hickory Avenue — from Cypress and Locust drives — was closed to car and pedestrian traffic as heavily armed officers surrounded the house.

Vieira said the residents of the house were on probation and that background checks revealed that one resident had a cousin wanted on a 3-year-old murder warrant from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Vieira, the suspect and the cousin look similar and police surrounded the house thinking the murder suspect was hiding inside.

Vieira said the residents would not give them the man’s name.

At least nine police cruisers were seen on the street and police officers with automatic rifles took aim at the house from behind fences across the street from the house.

A police K9 unit and a robot were called to the scene to assist in the search for the man hiding in the house who refused to come out.

Nevarez was found shortly after 3 p.m. hiding in a locked bedroom after the residents gave police consent to enter the house.

Nearby Villalovoz Elementary School was not put on lockdown but students leaving school at the 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. dismissals were not allowed to go north on Hickory Avenue.

Vieira said Nevarez was not the man wanted for murder.

Instead, he was taken into custody on two other warrants from the county sheriff’s department and the city of Escalon — which included a charge of domestic violence.

Vieira was uncertain if charges will be filed in Wednesday’s incident.

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February 23, 2013
Wow 9 cruiser automatic riffles a K-9 unit and a robot all over stealing MAIL??? way not to overreact Tracy's finest cant wait to see what happens when someone runs a stop sign or is caught speed... The funny part is now your asking the public to buy you all new guns?! Really?? well I'm sure if the public does replace your guns we will get a good look at them being pointed at us coming our next traffic stop in Tracy
February 22, 2013
Hey PC - This STARTED as a mail theft and ESCALATED due to the pinheads fleeing into a known gangbanger house. Had the crook done what he was supposed to, it wouldnt have called for all those needed resources
February 21, 2013
9 cruisers and automatic weapons out and aimed for a report of stolen mail. The suspect 'looked similar' to a cousin wanted for murder, but there is no reason stated for the police to believe the cousin could be there. The Tracy police are begging for a tragedy to occur. and when it does they will attempt to justify or conceal it.

Documentary evidence demonstrating Chief Hampton's dishonesty or gross negligence in matters concerning police misconduct (Vieira is one of the individuals involved) has been hand-delivered to each member of the City Council on Feb. 5, 2013. This evidence is a matter of public record. The Council's inaction endangers every citizen of Tracy.
February 21, 2013
That is a known gang area and probably a gangbangers house.

They should have shot first and asked questions later. Puck ass funks.

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