Sparks hostage suspect identified

Published: Mar. 23, 2020 at 9:42 PM PDT
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A man is facing several charges including child endangerment with a deadly weapon after police said he barricaded himself inside a home with his two young children.

Police responded to the 1200 block of Glendora Lane after neighbors reported the suspect, identified as 50-year-old Alex Marcus, had fired shots inside his home.

Investigators said Marcus was armed with multiple firearms including an assault rifle and several handguns. Marcus refused to comply with officers commands and refused to allow the children to leave, police said.

Hostage negotiators with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office spoke with Marcus for more than 15 hours. He eventually surrendered and the children were reunited with their mother unharmed.

Marcus was booked into the Washoe County Jail for several charges including Resisting a public officer with a firearm, False imprisonment with a deadly weapon, Child endangerment with a deadly weapon, and Discharging a firearm in a public place.

UPDATE 11:30 A.M.

Sparks Police say a hostage situation that began Monday evening, March 23, 2020 is over. The suspect is in custody and two children who had been in the home are safe.


Los Altos Parkway is closed between Sparks Boulevard and Vista Boulevard because of a hostage situation.

Sparks Police say the the suspect is a man with a gun and there is a family involved. The SWAT team is at the scene.

Officers first responded to he scene around 7 p.m. Monday.

We have a crew on scene gathering more information.

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