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E.C. man locked in standoff with police arraigned on felony charges

April 18, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

A 22-year-old man arrested Sunday after a tense two-hour standoff while holding two people against their will was arraigned Wednesday afternoon but did not enter a plea.

Louie Aguilar Jr. of El Centro did not enter a plea to charges of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of false imprisonment, resisting and delaying arrest and domestic threats.

Aguilar told Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager he could not enter a plea at the moment because he wasn't sure he committed the crimes of which he is accused. He said he does not remember the incident but didn't go into details as to why.

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Yeager granted Aguilar's request to speak to an attorney before entering a plea. His arraignment was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

Reading the charges against Aguilar aloud, he said Aguilar is accused of holding Mario Contreras Jr. and Carlos Soto against their will.

According to El Centro police, Aguilar entered a residence in the 100 block of East Holt Avenue about 7:30 p.m. with a knife.

Aguilar allegedly held Contreras and Soto for about two hours while police tried to negotiate with Aguilar. Contreras and Soto were able to escape during the standoff.

Aguilar was finally apprehended after the El Centro Police Department Emergency Response Team used a distraction device to enter the residence and detain him.

Aguilar was still in county jail Wednesday with bail set at $100,000.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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