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SLO man arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, making criminal threats

SLO police
Posted at 6:06 PM, Sep 08, 2020

San Luis Obispo police arrested a man who they say held two people hostage in a home on Murray Street.

Police say they were called to the 1200 block of Murray shortly after 1:30 p.m. for a report of a possible drug overdose. They say the person who called authorities first told dispatch that a person was overdosing, then said that same person had a gun and was threatening to shoot police officers.

Before officers arrived, police say the suspect left his home, entered a neighbor's house, and told the people inside that he had a gun and was holding them hostage.

Police say the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Zachary Northup, came out of the house when officers arrived but would not comply with their orders.

Officers deployed one 40mm less-lethal gel baton round and took Northup into custody.

Police say it was later determined that Northup did not have a weapon. The two victims were not hurt.

Northup was reportedly taken to the hospital to be checked out. Police say he will be booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of criminal threats, false imprisonment, and resisting an officer.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the San Luis Obispo Police Department at (805) 781-7312. Anonymous tips can be made by contacting Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.