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Man surrenders to police after taking family members hostage

With SWAT officers surrounding his Franklin area home, 25-year-old Robin Giron gave up without a struggle Monday afternoon, nearly three hours after what began as a domestic violence call had escalated into a hostage drama. The man's wife and 13-year-old sister managed to escape unhurt from the White Birch Court home, telling sheriff's deputies Giron was armed.Giron was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of making terrorist threats and false imprisonment. His bail was expected to be about $100,000, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, Merced County Sheriff's Department spokesman.Sgt. Vern Warnke said Giron had been arrested previously on charges of possession of a loaded firearm, burglary and receiving stolen property, setting up the armed response. About 40 sheriff's deputies, including 15 SWAT officers were deployed to the neighborhood, about a quarter-mile from Joe Stefani School, which was locked down until Giron was arrested.For more details of the incident, see Tuesday's Merced Sun-Star.

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