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Failed holdup leads to armed standoff at Midway District Subway

The standoff continued until shortly after 5 p.m., when officers took the suspect into custody, Officer Robert Heims said.
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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A robbery suspect armed with a knife holed up in a Midway-area Subway sandwich shop following a botched holdup attempt Thursday, leading to a several-hour SWAT standoff that ended with his arrest.

The failed armed robbery at a strip mall in the 3100 block of Sports Arena Boulevard was reported shortly before 3 p.m., according to San Diego police.

When officers arrived, the unidentified perpetrator refused to exit the restaurant, which also remained occupied by several employees apparently being held inside against their will.

About 3:30 p.m., the hostages exited the business unharmed.

As the stalemate unfolded, a special weapons and tactics team was called in along with crisis negotiators, SDPD public-affairs Officer Scott Lockwood said.

The standoff continued until shortly after 5 p.m., when officers took the suspect into custody, Officer Robert Heims said. The man's name and details on his arrest were not immediately available.

No injuries were reported.