Police standoff ends with arrest in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Police arrested a robbery suspect Wednesday after a nearly seven-hour standoff that began when he barricaded himself inside a marijuana growing site in San Francisco.

Four people who worked inside the building had been taken hostage but were freed hours before the standoff ended. Police would not say if they had been released by the suspect or rescued by a SWAT team.

The suspect was taken into custody after a tactical team with a police dog rushed the building in an industrial area of the city's Bayview district.

Police credited the dog, named Tomak, with capturing the suspect.

"The tactical team announced their presence and the dog barked, and as they made their way through the building, the suspect surrendered, stating that he did not want to be bitten by the police dog," said Sgt. Michael Andraychak, a police spokesman.

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