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Man arrested after hours-long effort of negotiations to safely resolve incident

After several hours of negotiations and efforts to peacefully resolve an incident, a man who had barricaded himself inside a closet after attempting to stab a family member was arrested late Thursday.

On Jan. 12 around 9:30 pm, Mountain View dispatchers received reports that a man had attempted to stab a family member inside an apartment on the 300 block of Escuela Avenue. Officers immediately responded to the scene and learned that during an argument with a family member, 20-year-old Marvin Suchite had raised a knife above his head and had made threatening comments. The family member was able to safely evacuate the apartment, though Suchite remained inside. 

A patrol officer specially trained in crisis intervention began speaking to Suchite and attempted to work with him to have him safely come out of the apartment. As efforts to communicate continued, our Crisis Negotiations Team as well as partner agencies were called to assist as well, including our county’s Mobile Crisis Response Team. Everyone worked calmly and patiently to try and ensure that the incident peacefully resolved. After five hours of attempting to communicate with Suchite, SWAT team members – who were on standby on scene for several hours – entered the apartment and safely took Suchite into custody after the deployment of a chemical agent.

There were no reported injuries to Suchite, his family members or officers. The knife that was reportedly used in the earlier dispute was also recovered.

Suchite was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

“I am forever grateful not just for the partnerships we have with our neighboring agencies and with our county mental health response team, but I am also grateful for the diligent efforts by our highly trained officers to do all they could to ensure this incident ended safely and peacefully for all involved,” said Chief Chris Hsiung. “That is always our goal, and everyone’s hard work and efforts here reflect that.”

Our sincere thanks to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, the Santa Clara Police Department, the Los Altos Police Department, the Mountain View Fire Department and the county’s Mobile Crisis Response Team for your continued partnership and assistance last night. We truly appreciate it. 

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