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Authorities Release Identity Of Suspect In Capitol Standoff

Authorities have released the identity of the man at the center of an hours-long standoff on Monday afternoon.

Police say that at 1:45 p.m., a man had parked a suspicious car across three lanes of L Street, on the north side of the state Capitol building. The man inside the gray Mazda had “barricaded himself inside,” according to police.

The car had rags, or a maybe a wire, running from the gas tank to the trunk, and a smiley face drawn on the bumper. California Highway Patrol evacuated a few offices and lawmakers called an early end to their day.

Ultimately, a man in a tank top opened the door and put his hands in the air to be arrested. Bomb squad robots then rooted through the car, pulling out strings of paper flags and a tennis racket.

Sacramento police say the robots found two items inside the car, which looked like explosive devices. It was later discovered that the items were "inert," or constructed to look like explosive devices, but harmless.

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Police arrested Edgar Rodriguez-Napoles, 27. He was booked at the Sacramento County Jail for possession of a hoax device and obstructing and resisting a police officer.

L Street was reopened just before 9:30 p.m.

An investigation into what led to this incident is ongoing, according to police.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio