San Francisco police rescue wanted man after 4-hour standoff

(SFPD/Peter Thoshinsky)

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Police arrested a man who had several warrants for his arrest last week after a four-hour standoff at San Francisco’s Pier 48, police said Friday.

On March 17 at 2:33 p.m. officers responded to a report of a man going in and out of the water near Pier 48, according to police.

Upon arrival, officers found the man under the pier and he appeared to be in crisis. When officers contacted him, he refused to come out from underneath the pier, police said.

The police department’s Hostage/Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene, along with a police marine unit and a fire department boat.

The man had stripped down to his shorts and rescuers became concerned he would catch hypothermia. Additionally, they were worried that rising tides could trap the man underneath the pier.

At one point, the man moved himself onto a barge that was tied to the pier, according to police.

Negotiators attempted to convince the man to move to safety and even offered him a lifejacket, however, he refused to take it.

During the negotiations, officers identified the man as San Francisco resident Angelo Valdez, 27. Officers discovered Valdez had several outstanding warrants for domestic violence, spousal battery, violating a restraining order and resisting arrest, police said.

Valdez then informed negotiators that he was a mixed-martial arts fighter and continued to disobey the negotiators’ requests.

As the sun began to set and air temperatures dropped, officers and fire department rescue swimmers decided to take Valdez into custody.

Around 6:45 p.m., officers cornered Valdez on the edge of the barge and deployed pepper spray to distract him. Officers then were able to detain Valdez, according to police.

As he was detained, emergency crews provided Valdez with first aid and blankets to keep him warm. Valdez was then placed onto a Stokes stretcher and lowered onto a fireboat, before being moved to an awaiting ambulance at the pier.

After being taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation, officers arrested Valdez on suspicion of resisting arrest, providing false identification and trespassing, in addition to his outstanding warrants, police said.

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