UPDATE: Released Hostages Uninjured After Stand-Off in S.F. Bayview Area
By Sylvia Ramirez
Wed Mar 6th, 2013 10:18am America/Los_Angeles
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The last suspect in a Wednesday morning robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary that was barricaded inside a San Francisco building with some employees is in custody and the hostages uninjured, police said.
Police set up a three-block perimeter around the area, and a SWAT team and negotiators were on scene.
Three other suspects were arrested, and police treated the incident as a potential hostage situation and standoff, said Sgt. Michael Andraychak, a police spokesman.
He said police received a call about the robbery around 3:50 a.m.
When officers arrived, they saw three suspects wearing ski masks running from the building in an industrial area in the city’s Bayview-Hunters Point district.
The three people were taken into custody for questioning.
Andraychak said police were not sure whether the building is a legal dispensary or an illegal grow site.
“That would not be our concern right now,” he told The Associated Press. “Our only concern is making sure we can end this as safely and quickly as possible.”
Police previously escorted several people away from the area.
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