On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at about 4:20 PM, Office of the Sheriff Dispatch received a call regarding a person on the 3800 block of La Colina Road in El Sobrante standing on the balcony with a rifle aimed at a neighbor’s home. The suspect also apparently threatened the neighbor, according to police.
Deputy Sheriffs responded and established a perimeter, with deputies making numerous attempts to communicate with the suspect, who initially came out on the balcony but who then retreated back into the residence.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office HNT (Hostage Negotiation Team) responded and tried to communicate with the suspect, who would only speak briefly with them before hanging up the phone.
Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution. At about 10:53 p.m., HNT was able to convince the suspect – identified as 51-year-old Alex Studer of El Sobrante – to surrender. Studer exited his residence, complied with commands, and was taken into custody without further incident.
Studer was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on several charges – making criminal threats, exhibiting a firearm and obstruction. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.