OAKLAND -- A SWAT team rescued a 3-year-old girl Monday morning from a Fruitvale district apartment, where her father had held her captive for almost five hours, authorities said.

After handing the child to officers through a window about 7 a.m., the father surrendered. No injuries were reported.

The incident began about 2 a.m. on the 2900 block of Capp Street where the man lived with his child and the child's mother. It was not immediately clear if the man was married to the woman.

The man, who may have been intoxicated, got into an argument with the woman, 29, who fled with two other children and called police, authorities said. The man apparently threatened to kill himself and the 3-year-old who remained with him at the house.

The man, 30, refused to let his daughter go. Police said they were told there were guns inside the apartment, which added to their concern.

Patrol officers initially responded to the scene and tried to negotiate with the man to surrender. When it became apparent he would not, SWAT officers were called to the apartment complex about 3 a.m.

As SWAT officers approached the unit where the man and child were, the man saw them from a window. The child was handed to a SWAT officer and moments later the man surrendered.

No one was injured. Some guns were found inside the apartment.

The man was booked on a domestic violence and child endangerment charges, and the little girl was later reunited with her mother.



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