Man taken hostage at knife point in Spain's Marbella

Man taken hostage at knife point in Spain's Marbella

Man Arrested in Marbella After Holding Flatmate Hostage at Knifepoint

A dramatic standoff in Marbella ended peacefully after a man barricaded himself inside his home, holding his flatmate hostage at knifepoint for several hours. The incident took place in the town of San Pedro Alcántara, on Calle Guadalajara.

The detained man, a Spanish national, had a troubled history, according to neighbors. Formerly a butane gas delivery man, his behavior reportedly changed drastically following the death of his mother several years ago. In recent weeks, both Local and National Police had responded to multiple calls from neighbors who reported incidents of him throwing stones and flower pots.

The situation escalated on the early morning of Thursday, June 6, when a similar disturbance was reported. Marbella police mobilized several officers to the scene. Initial attempts to arrest the man were unsuccessful, leading him to barricade himself inside the house, armed with a large kitchen knife, and take his flatmate hostage. Rumors circulated that the flatmate had been stabbed, but these were later dismissed.

The standoff created tense moments as the man refused to surrender or allow officers to enter. Police established an extensive operation, stationing officers around the building and on the roof. A drone was deployed to monitor potential exit routes and prevent an escape.

The hostage situation continued throughout the morning until a National Police negotiator successfully convinced the man to hand over the weapon. At around 1:45 p.m., the hostage emerged, visibly distressed, to cheers and applause from local residents.

This incident occurred just a week after a similar situation in Campillos, where a man nicknamed "El Chumbo" barricaded himself in his house with a shotgun. Despite a police cordon, he escaped through a small hole leading to a neighboring house's false ceiling. He was apprehended 48 hours later, hiding in the boot of a car.

The Marbella incident, fortunately, concluded without any injuries, highlighting the critical role of police negotiators in resolving such high-tension situations peacefully.

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