A 2-hour standoff between armed San Diego Police and an empty car on the freeway ended with no injuries. Several freeway lanes were closed, backing up rush-hour traffic along Interstate 8 for several miles.
Cops surrounded the 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, but could not see if anyone was inside because the car had heavily tinted windows.
For more than two hours, officers stood pointing guns at the car and trying different ways to check the car for anyone inside. They used a trained police dog, a helicopter with heat-sensing technology and, at one point, an officer even threw a tree branch to break the back window.
Finally, officers realized the home invasion robbery suspect they thought was in the car was nowhere to be found. The car was empty.The only thing found inside was a dozen roses.
The freeway reopened at 7 p.m. The suspect, whose name police haven’t yet released, is considered armed and dangerous.