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Suspect in Thanksgiving Day Benicia Robbery Believed to have Committed Suicide During Standoff with SF Police

The suspect has been identified as Duncan Phillips who is being sought by Benicia police for a Thanksgiving Day robbery.

Update 6:05 a.m.:

KRON 4 news is reporting that the standoff with a man believed to be Duncan Phillips who was wanted by Benicia Police in connection with a Thanksgiving Day robbery has ended with the suspect taking his own life.

Benicia Patch will continue to update this story as details become available.

Update 5:35 a.m.:  

San Francisco police are negotiating with a man believed to be Duncan Philips who is wanted by Benicia police in connection with a Thanksgiving Day robbery.  The suspect is on the shoreline on  Treasure Island.

“We are still negotiating with the suspect,” said San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.  “”He’s on the shoreline between the main access road and bay waters.  We more or les have him surrounded.”

The San Francisco Marine Unit and U.S. Coast Guard are patrolling the waters just off Treasure Island.

If the suspect on Treasure Island is Phillips, it is unclear when he might come to Solano County.  “At this point the suspect we have here – this is my understanding- was driving a stolen vehicle.  During the pursuit he fired a couple of shots from the vehicle,” said Andraychak. 

“We’re still trying to confirm that he was firing at the officers,” said Andraychak.  “That’s the conclusion we have at this point.  He’ll definitely be facing criminal charges here.”

November 27, 2012

Police in Standoff with Armed Suspect on Treasure Island

San Francisco police are engaged in a standoff with a male suspect in a stolen vehicle in the vicinity of Treasure Island this morning following a vehicle pursuit across the San Francisco Bay Bridge late Monday night, according to police.

Officers located the suspect driving a stolen vehicle around 11 p.m. in downtown San Francisco, near the intersection of Mason and Bush streets, police said.

Police pursued the vehicle to the Treasure Island off-ramp from Interstate Highway 80 and a standoff has ensued, police said.

The suspect is believed to be 29-year-old Duncan Philips and is a suspect in a robbery that took place on Thursday in the city of Benicia, according to police.

Police believe the suspect may be driving a stolen red 2004 Ford
Taurus. Police said the suspect has fired a weapon, but initial reports indicate that the firearm was not discharged at officers.

Traffic on and off of the island was been shut down since shortly before midnight, according to the California Highway Patrol.

KRON Channel 4 News is reporting that Phillips is on the western edge of Treasure Island and is threatening suicide.  According to KRON 4 there is a police negotiating team on the scene trying to convince Phillips to surrender peacefully.

Patch will update this story as is develops.
           
Bay City News Service contributed to this story. 

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Marlon Ostil November 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Taking your own life... cowards way out! Dead or alive its another bad guy off the streets.
previous Benicia resident November 27, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Impossible to express how extremely sad this is. From this side of perspective, there are many hearts that wish nothing but love to his family and his friends.
Joe Feltcher November 27, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Uh, I don't see anything sad about this at all. This dirtbag is gone and we don't have to pay to put him in jail.
Jasmine B November 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
It is sad for me to read such aweful things being said about a person who I knew to have a wonderful heart. The "coward" is the person who feels the need to lash out against a person who is no longer able to defend himself; the "coward" is the person who would rather show their deep level if ignorance regarding issues surrounding suicidality than show enough compassion by keeping their hateful and bigoted comments to themselves. If anyone needs to talk to an understanding, and educated ear, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255). People are at the other end of the line for those who are themselves thinking of suicide, or have been affected by suicide.
previous Benicia resident November 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM
WELL SAID JASMINE!
Lauren H. November 28, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Jasmine is a very wise lady. Thank you for apeaking up. This is truly a tragic turn of events for someone who needed help.
JDF November 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
You say that until you know and love someone that goes through it. Just sounds ignorant.
JDF November 28, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I agree, Well said Jasmine!! Thank you! He was one of the kindess person I have known. He is loved dearly by many and will be missed. It is unfortunate to loose a friend this way. We can all learn a lesson to stay away from drugs and get help when we need it. I think the worst kind of people are the ones that feel good about bad mouthing a person who has died in his hardships. It really only makes them look bad.
JDF November 28, 2012 at 02:18 AM
thank you Lauren!
John Headley November 28, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I miss the old days when a criminal was a criminal.
Kenny November 28, 2012 at 04:07 AM
He pistol whiped a woman and fired his gun at police. Please convince me that we were safe in his presence and that we should put asside what he has done.
Joe Feltcher November 28, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Add the car he stole too... Good riddance dirtbag.
CG November 28, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Perspective.... is something to gain, you poor unfortunate soul. These people posting comments are people that have had the great fortune of knowing the depth of this young man's heart, and are able to recall the gifts of knowing him beyond the tragic choices of his broken mind. None of them are applauding Duncan for his choices, but they are looking deeper and voicing the love of the true value of his soul. Duncan was a young man who sought out homeless people to feed, friends who needed a shoulder, and truly sought after a better way. He lost his strength in the end, a broken mind took hold. No one is asking you to like what he did in the last days of his life, they are just sharing compassion for their lost friend. Isn't it a good thing to look for the best in humanity? Love to you Duncan, you have many friends who will never forget the depth of your soul!
CG November 28, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Perspective.... is something to gain, you poor unfortunate soul. These people posting comments are people that have had the great fortune of knowing the depth of this young man's heart, and are able to recall the gifts of knowing him beyond the tragic choices of his broken mind. None of them are applauding Duncan for his choices, but they are looking deeper and voicing the love of the true value of his soul. Duncan was a young man who sought out homeless people to feed, friends who needed a shoulder, and truly sought after a better way. He lost his strength in the end, a broken mind took hold. No one is asking you to like what he did in the last days of his life, they are just sharing compassion for their lost friend. Isn't it a good thing to look for the best in humanity? Love to you Duncan, you have many friends who will never forget the depth of your soul!
Joe Feltcher November 28, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Those pix mean nothing to me... guy beat up a woman, robbed her, stole a car and shot at the police. He also made this morning's commute hell for a ton of people. This dirtbag won't be missed.
previous Benicia resident November 28, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Babaloo, 1) SEEK TO UNDERSTAND BEFORE SEEKING TO BE UNDERSTOOD. 2) I believe it is your HEART that needs help. 3) You say respect is expected in your country. Yet where is your respect for one who has lost a loved one in a very tragic situation? 4) Im sure you are right. This incident is tragic. And since you seem to be a religious man you will appreciate the scripture. Samuel 16;7 "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord aseeth not as bman seeth; for man looketh on the outward cappearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." 5) Disagreeing, and voicing an opinion is one thing, but insulting others is another issue all together.
Gone East November 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I knew Duncan from a little boy on, and although he is only going to be known to many for what he did in his final days of life this young man had a caring family and friends who loved him. No one is saying what he did was right and are still trying to cope with this tragedy but have some respect. Joe Fletcher: You are an ignoramus. I have been reading some of your comments for awhile now and even though you live in a country where there is freedom of speech, all of what you say is merely trash!
Babaloo November 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
you do not have to agree with what was written. but you must respect his right to disagree. he pistol whipped a woman. he fired a gun at police. these acts are "not excusable" because he had a psych issue allegedly. People commit crimes then say " oh i am having chest pain" or " i'm crazy"...excuses, excuses for their behavior (s). take responsibility for your actions, this man aparrently did.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" November 29, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Seems like it was a crime when our Immigration Department allowed you to re-patriate to Our beautiful America from Brazil( can you say Favellas?)!!!
Scott Burford November 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM
It's sad that this young man would think that taking his own life was the only option, given his circumstances. Who knows what was going through his mind at the very end. It's pretty callous to simply say "another bad guy off the streets". Everyone has value and although this young man certainly needed help, it's too late, and that is unfortunate. It's easy to dismiss people until you hear their story.
Marlon Ostil December 08, 2012 at 09:46 PM
@JDF... I do know the feeling and had a young 18 year old in the family do it. Its cowardly and leaves a huge wake of sadness, stress of funeral planning, heartache, to all the loved ones left behind to deal with the mess so your ignorant for calling me ignorant.
Marlon Ostil December 08, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Well said John!
Marlon Ostil December 08, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Right... and some use sickness in court for an easier sentencing. Its a loophole in the court system. Then there are some that are truly sick. I mean sic mentally and not because they chose a path or drugs. Live by the gun die by the gun. Just sayin...
Marlon Ostil December 20, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Hello... its coward so that he didnt have to do time!

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