San Diego Police Department SWAT team gathers for City Heights activity. Image via OnScene.TV

A group of robbery suspects holed up in a City Heights apartment Friday when officers arrived to take them into custody, prompting a six-hour police standoff that ended when the last wanted person surrendered.

Officers arrived at the residential complex in the 3600 block of University Avenue to arrest the suspects about 11 a.m., according to San Diego police.

The standoff led to road closures in the neighborhood. After evacuating nearby residences, police advised the public to avoid University Avenue between 36th and 38th streets and Cherokee Avenue from Polk Avenue to Wightman Street.

With a SWAT team positioned around the building, negotiators tried through the afternoon to persuade a barricaded man to cooperate, police said. He emerged about 5:15 p.m. and was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspects’ names were not immediately released, and why they were being sought remained unclear in the early evening.

Officers detained several people, before the one suspect refused to respond to officers’ orders, Sgt. Michael Stirk said.

A SWAT team was called in to take up positions around the building as negotiators tried to contact and reason with the man.

Cherokee Avenue and University Avenue area was involved. Image via OnScene.TV

— City News Service

Updated, 8:15 p.m.

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