Man holds woman hostage, barricades himself inside apartment complex

McKINLEYVILLE, Calif. (KIEM) – On Friday evening, Humboldt County SWAT was on scene of a McKinleyville apartment complex near School Road and Fischer Avenue after one man barricaded himself inside.

Deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office say that a 26-year-old woman was held hostage for some time, but the man did eventually release her.

As of 10:45 p.m. multiple police agencies were still on scene, along with a bearcat armored vehicle. According to HCSO, crisis negotiators are attempting to convince the man to peacefully surrender. Officer have tried to provide a phone to the man inside so they can talk to him.

Officers tell us the suspect is a 30-year-old man. We do now know what led to the initial standoff nor do we know his relation to the woman that was held hostage.

School Road west of Highway 101 and the immediate surrounding area is closed off. The public is advised to avoid the area at this time.