Sacto 9-1-1
March 11, 2013
Folsom police end standoff with man in custody, child safe

A suspect is in custody and a child is safe after a domestic violence call in Folsom led to a two-and-a-half-hour standoff with police.

About 11:15 a.m., Folsom police responded to the 100 block of Van Winkle Court after receiving a report of a domestic violence situation. As officers were headed to the home, they received an update that a woman had fled the home, and that the suspect and a child remained inside, said police Sgt. Jason Browning.

When police arrived, the man was in the home with the child and refused to come out. Police were "fairly confident" there were no weapons in the home, which did not belong to the suspect, but called out negotiators and the SWAT team as a precaution, Browning said.

Nearby Carl Sundahl Elementary School was locked down "due to the uncertainty of the situation," police said, though students and staff members there were not believed to be in danger.

The standoff lasted about two and a half hours before the suspect sent the child out and then surrendered, Browning said. The man was arrested and the child is safe, he said.

Police later identified the suspect as 22-year-old Mark Weider. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of domestic battery, child endangerment and taking a hostage to avoid arrest, according to police.

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