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Suspect in custody after holding mother-in-law hostage for 6 hours

A man who held his mother-in-law hostage inside a Hollywood home Tuesday surrendered after a six-hour standoff and is in custody, authorities said.

Los Angeles police officers responded to a report of domestic violence at 12:40 p.m. and were in communication with the suspect throughout the day, said LAPD Sgt. Rudy Vidal. The suspect finally surrendered and released his mother-in-law about 6:30 p.m., shortly after SWAT teams arrived, Vidal said.    

The suspect was unarmed, and his mother-in-law was not injured, Vidal said.

The incident occurred at home on Cerritos Place near Cahuenga Boulevard, Vidal said. He said it was unclear whether the home belonged to the suspect or to his mother-in-law. No other family members were inside the home at the time, he said.

The name of the suspect has not been released. He was arrested on a charge of making criminal threats, Vidal said.

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