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Hours-long Rancho Bernardo standoff ends in arrest

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - A vehicle crash in Rancho Bernardo that sent three crash victims to the hospital Sunday turned into a standoff with a knife-wielding man who refused to come out of the vehicle, authorities said.

The suspect - 19-year-old Anthony Brewer - is being charged with rape and attempted kidnapping.

The incident started when San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel responded shortly before noon Sunday to a rollover accident on Pomerado Road near Fieldstone Drive and called for police back-up, according to Sgt Tom Sullivan.

When they arrived, a 45-year-old woman was screaming for help, claiming to have been kidnapped.

Then officers saw a man inside the vehicle in need of help. They said the man was the woman's ex-boyfriend.

SDFD dispatched 14 units to the scene including five ambulances, urban search and rescue, a medical rescue unit, a shift commander, a battalion chief, a fire engine and others, according to the department's website.

Three people were transported by ambulance to local hospitals with unknown injuries, according to SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz.

Crisis negotiators tried to coax Brewer out of the vehicle. Then, a SWAT team finally arrested him after firing pepper balls and flash bangs around 6:00 p.m., which prompted the man to exit the car. The standoff lasted more than five hours. 

Brewer was being held without bond on Monday.

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