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4-hour police standoff leads to San Francisco man’s arrest on assault, arson charges

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A San Francisco man was arrested Friday after a four-hour standoff with police, police said.

The San Francisco Police Department responded to a report of an assault on Tingley Street near Alemany Boulevard in the Mission Terrace neighborhood at around 11:37 a.m. Friday, speaking to a woman who claimed she knew her assailant.

The suspect, Kitiona Villegas, 39, refused to comply with officers' orders, and police summoned members of the SFPD Hostage Negotiations Team and Tactical Company to the scene.

Villegas was arrested without incident after four hours of negotiations and booked on charges of criminal threats, attempted arson, assault and resisting arrest. He is being held on $400,000 bail and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

The episode came toward the beginning of a violent weekend citywide, with a number of shootings over the holiday weekend.

Police did not provide further information about the charges nor details on the hourslong negotiations with Villegas.

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