Truth Frequency Radio
Jul 30, 2014

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HAYWARD, Calif. —

A SWAT standoff in Hayward ended at 5:30 Tuesday evening when law enforcement determined no one was inside the home in the 27000 block of Gainesville Boulevard.

It started just before 10:00 a.m. when Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies went to serve an eviction notice to a tenant. Hayward police say when deputies entered the home, they found suspicious notes indicating there were explosives inside the home. That’s when the bomb squad and SWAT where called to the scene, and streets were blocked off to traffic.

Neighbors in the surrounding homes were told to evacuate. One of them told KTVU she text messaged with the man, who police aren’t identifying yet.

“When I text him I just said, ‘the bomb squad is here, cops are here’,” Jenny Raisler said reading their text exchange on her phone. “I was just saying, ‘Look, if you went crazy and made a bomb, let me know so I can get out of here!’ He just said, ‘I have no idea what they’re (law enforcement) talking about’.”

Several times law enforcement could be heard shouting through a loudspeaker for the man they believed was inside the home to come out, promising law enforcement wasn’t going away until that happened. SWAT teams entered the property several times. There were snipers behind armored vehicles and on rooftops, and the bomb squad sent in three different robots.

Another neighbor couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “Oh, he’s a good guy! And sometimes he fix our car,” said Eleanor Corpuz. “I don’t know what’s really going on.”

In the end, law enforcement determined there was no one home, and no bombs inside. Officers did recover weapons and will be checking to see if they are registered.

Hayward police are not releasing the name of the man who they believed was in the home, but said they are still looking for him.