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Man surrenders after standoff with officers in Ceres

Law enforcement officials surround a home in the 1900 block of Darrah Street in Ceres. According to a witness, a man fleeing officers entered the home around noon. Officers have launched tear gas into the home. (Bart Ah You/The Modesto Bee)
Law enforcement officials surround a home in the 1900 block of Darrah Street in Ceres. According to a witness, a man fleeing officers entered the home around noon. Officers have launched tear gas into the home. (Bart Ah You/The Modesto Bee) The Modesto Bee

CERES — A man who holed up in an apartment for about three hours surrendered to police this afternoon.

Law enforcement officers arrested Juliese Lawson, 27, who is believed to be from Oakland and had arrest warrants tied to felony sexual assault and a parole violation, according to Mike Borges, Ceres deputy police chief.

According to Borges, U.S. marshals were looking for Lawson on Thursday. This morning at 10:15, a patrol sergeant spotted Lawson, who fled. He reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun, then ran into the apartment, Borges said.

Police evacuated residents from about a dozen nearby apartments, and more police officers, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies and a SWAT team soon arrived.

At one point, two women and a young girl walked out of the apartment.

Police negotiated with Lawson through cell phones and a public address system. Miniature cameras were used to see inside the apartment. An earlier report from a neighbor about the use of tear gas was inaccurate.

About 2:25 p.m., Lawson walked out of the apartment with his hands up. He was arrested.No shots were fired during the incident.

Officers are trying to get a search warrant for the apartment.

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