No progress as San Jose hotel standoff enters 2nd full day

- A police standoff at a San Jose hotel entered its second full day on Monday with no real progress being made, negotiators said. 

Police and Santa Clara Sheriff's deputies surrounded the Wyndham Garden San Jose Silicon Valley, where a suspect wanted for felony warrants refused to come outside, according to police.

San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said officers located the suspect at the hotel on Sunday at 399 Silicon Valley Boulevard about 2:25 p.m. Police have been there ever since and isolated the man in one room, evacuating those on the second floor down to the lobby.

Five men in the lobby told KTVU that they were evacuated from their room about 7 p.m. and they were told it was a possible hostage situation. Police would not confirm whether the suspect was alone or possibly armed. 

Police commanders say they've been talking to the barricaded man by phone, but not in person. Officers say they have information that leads them to believe if they force the issue, this standoff could become violent. 

The situation didn't look that dire from inside the lobby Monday morning, the men were lounging about comfortably on couches watching television. By evening, guests checked out as police and tactical teams repositioned.

"It's unnerving for sure. Especially when you don't get much information," said Michael Williams a hotel guest. He said he had an unsettling night as police formed a perimeter around one of the rooms inside the hotel. 

The 189-room hotel has two sections. The suspect is in a room in the larger section on the left. His location prompted evacuations of neighboring rooms on either side and on floors both above and below.

Some evacuees were forced to spend the night in the lobby. 

"When we came back at 6 or 7 [p.m.] we wanted to go to our room, but that wasn't possible. We've been in the lobby," said Adrien Navarro, a hotel guest. 

Others said the sight of heavily-armed police officers running through hallways was surreal.

Others said the sight of heavily-armed police officers running through hallways was surreal. 

"This is like a movie. You do a double take because you're like, 'Really?' It just makes you realize how vulnerable sometimes you are," said Williams. 

KTVU reporter Jesse Gary contributed to this report

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