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Zion Man Surrenders After Armed Standoff

March 17, 2002

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Zion Man Surrenders After Armed Standoff

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ZION - A nearly seven-hour standoff between a 39-year-old Zion man holed up in his home and Zion police ended peacefully early Thursday morning, Zion Deputy Chief Larry Booth said.

Manuel Garza-Hinojosa was alone at home in the 2900 block of 30th Street when police arrived on a domestic disturbance call around 11 p.m., but he was armed with a .44-caliber handgun, police said.

An officer made phone contact with Hinojosa several times during the night, but he refused to surrender, even as a department SWAT team was called in and officers set up a perimeter, police said.

Neighboring homes were evacuated for safety purposes, police said.

Hinojosa left the house unarmed and surrendered at 6:10 a.m. after a lengthy phone conversation, police said. He was charged with armed violence, aggravated intimidation, aggravated unlawful restraint, reckless conduct and domestic battery.

The gun was later recovered from the home, police said. Hinojosa was taken to the Lake County Jail in Waukegan, where he was being held Thursday night in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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