- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man who forced a standoff outside the California Capitol that shut down business for hours had fake explosives in his car, police said Tuesday.

Sacramento Police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein identified the man as 27-year-old Edgar Rodriguez-Napoles. He was arrested for possible possession of a hoax device and obstructing and resisting police.

Rodriguez-Napoles parked his graffiti-covered car - with a hose taped to the fuel tank and cardboard covering the windows - in the middle of a busy street outside the Capitol’s north entrance at about 1:45 p.m. Monday. He surrendered around 4 p.m. after a standoff with police that stalled traffic, forced blocks of business closures and interrupted government operations.

Police lifted evacuations and reopened the street at about 10 p.m. when, using a robot, they determined the car’s contraptions were not bombs. Police said they also executed a search warrant at Rodriguez-Napoles’s former apartment in Arden-Arcade, in eastern Sacramento County, but found no suspicious devices there.

In interviews from jail with KCRA-TV in Sacramento and The Sacramento Bee, Rodriguez-Napoles said he did not intend to hurt people and apologized for scaring anyone.

He said he’s the victim of a conspiracy plot. He told KCRA (https://bit.ly/23Xvg2E ) he is being controlled by a Sacramento man and told the Bee (https://bit.ly/1YG0sQi ) people were ready to kill him.

Rodriguez-Napoles said he resorted to the standoff after law enforcement ignored his earlier appeals for help.

He said he slept outside the Capitol on the two nights before he barricaded himself inside the silver Mazda.

One of Rodriguez-Napoles’ former roommates, Karla Garcia, told the Bee on Monday (https://bit.ly/1VfptUG ) that his actions were so strange and frightening lately that they obtained a restraining order against him on April 14.

Garcia said Rodriguez threatened her, put a propane tank from a barbecue grill into their apartment’s oven and tore down curtains to make a flag.

Garcia told the Bee that Rodriguez was angry at his estranged wife, with whom he has a child, but she has no idea what his motivation might have been for the standoff at the Capitol.

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