YUBA CITY, CA - A man suspected of taking two people hostage inside a Big 5 sporting goods store in Yuba City for four hours was arrested by police Sunday afternoon.
The man has since been identified by police as 29-year-old Juan Carlos Alvarez.
Yuba City police believe that Alvarez, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, entered the store at 1252 Colusa Way around 11:30 a.m. to rob it, but then took two employees hostage instead.
Police said it was unclear why he held the 18-year-old woman and 20-year-old man hostage.
Witnesses said the man fired a single shot into the ceiling. customers were able to run out of the store and to safety.
Negotiators were able to convince Alvarez to release the hostages and surrender.
Police said they had some trouble with controlling the crowd outside of the store.
News10/KXTV and The Associated Press