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Stabbing suspect arrested after 7-hour standoff

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After a nearly seven-hour standoff early Saturday morning, Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 55-year-old man on charges of attempted murder after a stabbing in the 1200 block of Mission Drive in Temelec.

According to a statement from Lt. Tim Duke of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the residence at 5:55 p.m. Friday for a report of a stabbing.

When deputies arrived, they worked with emergency medical personnel to evacuate a victim who had multiple stab wounds to his stomach and torso. The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital. His injuries are not considered life threatening.

Duke said the suspect, identified Hector “Gustavo” Vasquez, knew the victim and after the stabbing, Vasquez fled into his residence, in the 1200 block of Mission Drive

Law enforcement personnel from the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, which consist of SWAT Team members, Hostage Negotiators, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, a County Mental Health Professional for Crisis Intervention and other support staff, responded to the scene.

A search warrant for the premises where the stabbing occurred as well as an arrest warrant for Vasquez was obtained.

Hostage negotiators spent hours attempting to contact Vasquez, but all attempts failed.

After being on scene for approximately seven hours, the SWAT Team breached a bedroom window of Vasquez’s residence and found him inside. Vasquez surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody.

Vasquez was booked into county jail on attempted murder charges.