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Knife-wielding man disarmed after 4-hour standoff

Posted: November 8, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Updated: November 8, 2012 8:00 a.m.

43-year-old Paul Robinette holds two large blades to his neck next to his car during a four-hour standoff with Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department deputies Wednesday in Montecito.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Police say they were able to distract a knife-wielding man with loud noises and smoke long enough to disarm him after a nearly four-hour standoff in Montecito.

The Santa Barbara News-Press reports ( ) police used a flash-bang device while shooting 43-year-old Paul Robinette in the legs with less-than-lethal rounds to end the standoff at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.

When police arrived, Robinette was standing next to his car with two large blades to his neck, and would jump up and down or run around when officers tried to approach.

After two hours, police deployed a robot to close the car's trunk and door, and hand Robinette a bag with a McDonald's lunch.

After deploying the distraction scheme later, officers were able to handcuff Robinette and take him to a hospital.



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