Thursday Apr 09 2009
Hostage taker booked on seven felony charges
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Police officers ‘heroes’ for enduring six-hour stand off
The man who held his family hostage and involved law enforcement in an almost six-hour standoff was behind bars Thursday. Andrew Jason Rosas, 33, of Sacramento, was booked into Nevada County Jail on seven felony charges after he sped away from Sacramento area police Wednesday afternoon and ended the chase on Interstate 80 near Kingvale. The standoff between Rosas, who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, and authorities lasted from about 4 p.m. until about 10 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Merchant. The incident closed both directions of the interstate for six hours. Rosas had led police on a chase from a Sacramento County McDonald’s earlier that afternoon when he sensed he was going to be arrested, according to Rosas’ bail bondsman Ken Waters. Waters said Rosas bond was going to be revoked because he had heard Rosas was planning to leave town. Rosas was scheduled to appear in Sacramento County court Thursday to answer for charges related to drug sales. Merchant said numerous law officials were at the scene Wednesday night, including SWAT members who laid on their stomachs in the snow for the duration of the standoff. During the standoff, Rosas was reportedly making threats but Merchant said he did not know the details of those threats. Rosas freed his wife, two stepsons and his 10-month-old baby from the vehicle at about 8 p.m. They were transported to an undisclosed location. Merchant said about two hours later, negotiators were able to convince Rosas to relinquish his weapon and surrender. California Highway Patrol officers transported him to the Nevada County Jail because the event occurred in the county’s jurisdiction. Merchant explained that a sawed-off shotgun is a standard shotgun that is modified by either cutting off the stock or the barrel. “It makes a more convenient weapon and an illegal weapon,” Merchant said. Merchant said officers were relieved the incident didn’t turn into something worse. He said they are grateful the hostages were uninjured and that no one was hurt during the pursuit of Rosas. “We want to thank all the allied agencies who collaborated with us in resolving this issue,” Merchant said. “Finally, we’d like to say the officers who were out there are heroes … they were able to make sure this came to a peaceful conclusion, which we’re thankful that it did.” Rosas was booked at 12:05 a.m. Thursday in the Nevada County Jail for the following felony charges: - Possession/manufacture/sale of a dangerous weapon - A convicted felon carrying a loaded firearm - Recklessly evading a peace officer - Willful harm or injury to a child; endangering a person or their health - Carrying a concealed weapon on person/convicted felon - Felon in possession of a firearm - Exhibiting firearm to peace officers Bail is set at $500,000. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment.