Update: Westley man greets bondsman with gun
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10-31-12--nr-holed up--A Patterson Police Services deputy takes aim Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31, as police prepare to arrest a suspect at the America's Best Value Inn on McCracken Road near the Westley Interstate 5 exit. Deputies called off the standoff after it appeared the suspect was not inside the motel at the time.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
10-31-12--nr-holed up--A Patterson Police Services deputy takes aim Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31, as police prepare to arrest a suspect at the America's Best Value Inn on McCracken Road near the Westley Interstate 5 exit. Deputies called off the standoff after it appeared the suspect was not inside the motel at the time.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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10-31-12--nr-holed up--A Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy takes aim Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31, as police prepare to arrest a suspect at the nearby America's Best Value Inn on McCracken Road near the Westley Interstate 5 exit. Deputies called off the standoff after it appeared the suspect was not inside the motel at the time.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
10-31-12--nr-holed up--A Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy takes aim Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31, as police prepare to arrest a suspect at the nearby America's Best Value Inn on McCracken Road near the Westley Interstate 5 exit. Deputies called off the standoff after it appeared the suspect was not inside the motel at the time.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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10-31-12--nr-motel standoff--Sgt. John Walker (left) and a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy respond to the call of a suspect who was reportedly barricaded inside the America's Best Value Inn on McCracken Road near the Westley Interstate 5 exit. Deputies called off the standoff after it appeared the suspect was not inside the motel at the time.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
10-31-12--nr-motel standoff--Sgt. John Walker (left) and a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy respond to the call of a suspect who was reportedly barricaded inside the America's Best Value Inn on McCracken Road near the Westley Interstate 5 exit. Deputies called off the standoff after it appeared the suspect was not inside the motel at the time.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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WESTLEY — Police armed with assault rifles surrounded America’s Best Value Inn on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 31, as they sought to find a man who allegedly brandished a firearm at two bail bondsmen inside the hotel.

Authorities cleared the scene without incident after an hour and half, recommending that the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office file charges against the man for brandishing a firearm, rather than arresting him on the spot.

At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, two bail bondsmen were attempting to arrest the man living at the hotel, at 7115 McCracken Road, because he had outstanding misdemeanor warrants from outside the county, Stanislaus County Sheriff's spokesman Royjindar Singh said. The bondsmen broke a window to the man's hotel room and attempted to enter when the man greeted them with a handgun, he said.

The bail bondsmen then retreated and called 9-1-1, Singh said.

Police scanner traffic to the deputies indicated the man was a former weapons instructor with the military. Singh said dispatchers received that information from the bondsmen.

Deputies with the sheriff’s department and Patterson Police Services walked around the hotel and used their cars as shields as they positioned themselves around the building. California Highway Patrol officers also were on hand to assist if matters became more tense.

Deputies attempted to get the man to come out of the room, but he would not, Singh said.

Because the warrants did not call for extradition and the man had no previous felony warrants, he was not arrested, and police cleared the scene at about 4 p.m., Singh said. The DA's office will handle the matter from this point forward, he said.

Contact the Irrigator at 892-6187 or news@pattersonirrigator.com.

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