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Police say man had fake gun during California hotel standoff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man brandished what police later learned was a fake gun during a standoff that resulted in the evacuation of a hotel, authorities said.

Guests were evacuated from a Comfort Inn in Red Bluff early Saturday during a standoff between police and a domestic violence suspect, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Christian Sandoval-Perez, 21, of Corning faces multiple charges including child abuse and domestic violence, the Red Bluff Police Department said in a release.

Officers went to the hotel’s second floor and encountered Sandoval-Perez with a gun. He held off police for more than 75 minutes, police said.

After he put down the gun and allowed himself to be taken into custody, police determined the weapon was fake.

Guests were ushered out of the building as police negotiated with Sandoval-Perez.

Police said they initially responded to a call around 5 a.m. at a Motel 6 across the street, where a woman who was thought to be a victim of domestic violence was outside demanding the return of her children.

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