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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Yuba City Hostages unharmed.

  • Traffic was congested and crowds of people were confused as a Hostage situation in Yuba City unfolded on Sunday.
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  • Traffic was congested and crowds of people were confused as a Hostage situation in Yuba City unfolded on Sunday.
    Police have identified Juan Carlos Alvarez, 29, formerly of Modesto as the man who allegedly walked into Big 5 Sporting Goods, in The Food Maxx Shopping center on Colusa Avenue, grabbed an 18 year old female cashier, and fired shots into the air.
    Other businesses in the area were evacuated, and the parking lot was off limits to anyone for safety reasons.
    The ordeal started around 11:15, while a dozen customers were in the store. The gunman held the Cashier and another employee for hours, but the motive is still unknown. By 3:15 pm the suspect had surrendered to police without incident.
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