Parolee Gives up at Disneyland-Area Hotel Room

The suspect, described as armed and dangerous, gave himself up after a standoff lasting nine hours.

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    Janet Kwak
    Ambulances and police respond to the scene of a hostage situation at an Anaheim hotel where the suspect gave himself up after a standoff of more than seven hours.

    A parolee who barricaded himself in a hotel room near Disneyland gave himself up to Anaheim police after a standoff that lasted nearly nine hours, causing three hotels to be evacuated.

    The suspect, 51-year-old Steven Fischel of Huntington Beach, had been wanted on a parole violation related to an assault with a deadly weapon in San Diego County, according to Anaheim Police Deputy Chief Raul Quezada.

    When parole agents approached him at a Ramada about a half-mile south of Disneyland, based on a tip about his location, Fischel barricaded himself in the room with two women at about 10 a.m.

    Two other people inside the room turned out to be the suspect's girlfriend and her adult daughter. The daughter left the room some time after 5 p.m. and authorities were informed that Fischel was armed, police said.

    An assistant manager at the Ramada said the group had checked in more than a week ago, with Fischel saying the three had planned to stay for another week while he worked odd jobs.

    The group was preparing to move, Fischel had said, according to the Ramada employee, who described him as friendly and nice.

    At 6:45 p.m. Saturday, after refusing to exit his room for nearly nine hours, Fischel came out.

    No one was harmed during the standoff with Fischel, whom authorities said was on active parole for a narcotics violation.

    The Ramada at 2141 S. Harbor Blvd. (map) was evacuated for several hours, and two other hotels on either side of it were partically evacuated.

    A SWAT team was present and several roadways in the area were blocked termporarily.
     


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