2 arrested after standoff closes Hope Street


MOUNTAIN VIEW — A noisy early morning domestic dispute led to a shelter-in-place order and street closure for hours until a man and woman emerged from a home to be arrested Sunday — their second arrest at the home since April.

Police were called to the 700 block of Hope Street around 4 a.m. on reports of a fight happening inside a home and “when we arrived, the pair, who could be heard screaming inside the home, refused to come out, let alone speak with us,” reads a Mountain View police report.

“Neither the man nor the woman was allowed to be at the home at the time of the incident,” states the report, “and despite our efforts to encourage them to come out peacefully to speak with them, they refused.”

It was the second time Samuel Rowles, 40, and Elideth Rodriguez, 33, have been arrested at the home in just over three months. In the previous case, a search of the home on April 4 uncovered a pistol and ammunition, a pried-open ATM machine, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. They were booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of being felons in possession of a firearm and ammunition, maintaining a drug house, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

No further information about the pending case was immediately available.

On Sunday, police sent a SWAT team as well as crisis negotiators and issued a shelter-in-place order for the area. Hope Street was closed between Church Street and Yosemite Avenue.

Mountain View police continued to try to get the pair inside the home to come out, until they agreed around 9:30 a.m. and were arrested without incident.

New charges “are forthcoming,” police said.

In the April case, police served a search warrant at the home after hearing from neighbors about possible weapons violations and drug activity.

“While the pair has been arrested, we are still actively investigating this case,” said a note on the police department’s website at the time. “We are hopeful, however, that neighbors on Hope Street see some improvement in their area.”

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