Update: Man Arrested at Motel 6 Stuffed Vicodin Pills in His Rectum

The suspect was believed to be armed and dangerous, police said.

Updated Sept. 17, 11: 13 a.m.

A wanted parolee was arrested Sunday following an hours-long standoff with police at the Motel 6 in Newark.

According to the Newark Police Department, the incident began at about 8:15 a.m. after officers went to assist CHP in serving a felony warrant at the motel, located at 5601 Mowry Ave.

The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Hayward man Eric Ontiveros, was wanted for a violent crime and believed to be armed and dangerous, police said.

Police also believed Ontiveros might have had his girlfriend with him, who he was restrained from by a court order.

Authorities surrounded the motel but police said “Ontiveros stated that he would not come out and made that very clear.”

Because he refused to surrender, Newark police asked for assistance from Union City and Fremont SWAT teams.

Ontiveros eventually surrendered to SWAT officers, police said. Newark police sent out an alert shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday notifying the public that the standoff had ended.

When Ontiveros was later being interviewed, police said they saw him trying to conceal something in his rectum.

Officers conducted a strip search and found seven Vicodin pills in his rectum.

Ontiveros was taken to Santa Rita Jail and booked on suspicion of multiple charges, including resisting arrest, possession of Vicodin and violating a restraining order.

He is being held on $35,000 bail, according to online court records.

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riottgirl September 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Those motels have turned into residential motels. I wonder if the zoning allows for that? Sadly, despite those that live at the motels temporarily, the motels should be closed. Newark should allow SRO's (like those single room occupancies "motels" in San Francisco) to be run in our town. That's not the type of business that should be compatible with our town's business model. Wonder if those elected officials will do anything? Time to tear those places down. There are many other options in Newark for travelers.
Fatso September 17, 2012 at 06:53 PM
We NEED to bulldoze EZ-8 and Motel 6 into the ground. Enough is enough already. Our city council members aren't the brightest bulbs, but this is a no-brainer even for them. These two establishments are total cesspools of crime and need to disappear. I was on a ride-along several years back and the officer said that some days there was more crime in those two locations than in the rest of the city combined. We were called out there more than once that night. I have really had it with these dumps. TEAR THEM DOWN!! We need to start some kind of process to get these buildings razed. I will sign petitions or donate cash toward any effort that gets these buildings removed. As residents of Newark, we have the right to a safe town for us and our kids. I still care about our city and I am very offended by what goes on at these trash heaps.
Frank Mockery September 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Unfortunately being poor & homeless isn't a crime yet,so these cheap motels are the next best thing to sleeping under an overpass. Fortunately while they may be magnets for trouble these places provide lodging to those who can't afford regular housing & not every guest is a wanted felon. It's a free country & if you want to live in a motel in Newark that should be nobodies business,but your own. Besides they appear to be sort of one stop shopping for local law enforcement,as everyone they seem to be looking for eventually turns up there ! You can't close a motel because criminals choose to stay there,you can only close them if the management condones criminal activity on their premises & good luck with proving that ! Besides judging by the number of arrests at these two motels one could surmise that they're receiving a bounty for each arrest & have a hotline to the police.
ItsJim December 23, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Cindy, Why would anyone on a limited income want to stay in one of the most expesive areas in this country? Move anywhere but the Bay Area. I have had the benefit of travel and I would go to the south, its warm, cheap and the people are friendly.
Cindy February 13, 2013 at 06:19 AM
I am sorry Jim, I did not see this question until now. We stay because my daughter is a Senior in high school. My husband has a job and insurance for doctors for her since she was diagnosed with Epilepsy. I right now have something wrong with 2 discs in my neck that as of last August caused me to be put on disability. If we moved, we still would not be able to find a place to live due to the foreclosure that was put in as an eviction. My husbands parents were in a nursing home here. His mom passed the day before mothers day 2011 and his dad passed on fathers day last year. we would lose our insurance. I keep praying, and things are getting better because a few months ago, we didnt even have a car.


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