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In California, the suspect surrendered after the police sent him a vap using a robot

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A police robot with a vape drives up to a criminal in a car Photo of an air operations unit of a california road patrol
A police robot with a vape drives up to a criminal in a car Photo of an air operations unit of a california road patrol

In the California city of Navato, the six-hour standoff of the suspect and the police ended after the vap was handed to him with the help of a robot. A forty-year-old man threatened to set fire to a gas station. This was reported by the publication Sacramento Bee and Marin Independent Journal .

The incident occurred on January 12, when suspect Juan Roman (Juan Roman) quarreled with the manager of one of the gas stations Circle K due to problems with the pump. The man began to argue with the station workers, and then took a can of gasoline, poured it on the floor and tried to set fire before escaping from the crime scene.

After that, the police pursued Roman, but only the other gas station, Safeaway, was able to surround him. It seemed to the police that he had a gun, so they called the negotiator, the special forces team, and handed the phone over to the man with the help of a robot.

According to Sacramento Bee, Roman agreed to surrender only after six hours of negotiations. The man put forward the only condition: he asked to send him cigarettes.

However, the police were worried that Roman could accidentally set himself on fire with their help, so they offered an alternative – vape. After that, the man gave up, he was accused of trying to set fire to and vandalism. When it did not have a firearm. Police spokesperson Novato Sasha D’Amico explained that handing over essential things is standard practice in such cases.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]If we can do something that does not aggravate the situation, for example, transfer food, water or cigarettes, and if it helps to resolve the conflict peacefully – we try to do it. [/perfectpullquote]
Sasha D’Amico
Lieutenant of the Police Department Novato
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