FREMONT — A disgruntled resident apparently upset with roofers for making too much noise at his apartment complex was arrested Tuesday afternoon following a four-hour standoff with police SWAT team members, authorities said.

The man apparently yelled at the two workers from his balcony and then confronted them on the roof while carrying a handgun, police Detective Bill Veteran said.

He then returned to his third-floor apartment and barricaded himself inside, prompting the closure of two nearby schools and the evacuation of his building.

In the end, Fremont resident Mosheh Barzeley 40, was arrested on suspicion of two crimes — brandishing a firearm and making terrorist threats — said Veteran, a spokesman for the police department. No one was hurt, the detective said.

Campuses for the California School for the Deaf and California School for the Blind were locked down during the standoff, which began about 11 a.m. on Guardino Drive, a few blocks from the schools, Veteran said.

The schools were reopened just after 3 p.m., shortly after the man surrendered, the detective said.

SWAT members converged on the apartment complex at 39224 Guardino Drive after 11 a.m. and for a short time watched the man through a window of his apartment, Veteran said. However, around noon the man covered the window with a blanket to conceal his actions, the detective said.

During the next three hours, police continued to observe the apartment while other SWAT members checked each floor of the complex.


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About 2 p.m., police began evacuating several apartments in the building as the operation began to ramp up. Just before 3 p.m., authorities cut off power to the man's apartment, and minutes later he surrendered without incident, Veteran said.

Police late Tuesday afternoon still were at the complex, searching for the weapon the roofers said the man was carrying.

The roofers told police that when they saw the man carrying the gun, they fled through a roof hatch and left the building. That was the last time they saw the weapon, police said.

In addition to the evacuation of the complex and the lockdown of the schools, the SWAT action also resulted in police closing parts of Guardino, Stevenson Boulevard and Walnut Avenue.

Staff writer Ben Aguirre Jr. can be reached at 510-353-7011 or baguirre@bayareanewsgroup.com.