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UPDATE: Man arrested after hours-long barricade in SW Vegas a Marine veteran, friend says

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 23:24:18-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police have released the mug shot of 32-year-old Guy Nguyen who was arrested after an hours-long standoff on July 24 near Fort Apache Road and Hacienda Avenue.

Police responded to an apartment complex in southwest Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon after receiving calls from a man making threats.

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The police blocked off the area and after some time the person was taken into custody.

Nguyen was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and is facing a charge of making a false terroristic threat.

A childhood friend, who did not want to be identified, told 13 Action News that Nguyen is a Marine veteran who graduated from boot camp in 2005. She says Nguyen was deployed at least once to Iraq.

It's unclear what triggered Nguyen to call police and then get involved in an hours-long standoff with officers.

He took to Facebook, posting videos and warning his neighbors he was a threat.

Mike Slyman manages the Las Vegas Emergency Incidents group on Facebook.

He says Nguyen made a post that claimed he was not going to make it out alive out of the standoff.

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"Something along the lines of, if you live in the area of Tropicana and Fort Apache stay inside or hide. He [made] another post that said he had guns and ammo to fight a small war with the Taliban," says Slyman.

Also on Nguyen’s Instagram account, he expressed his frustration on forgotten veterans.

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Several posts mention his late comrades and himself losing a fight. He criticized the VA system as "broken,” claiming veterans have not been getting enough help.

Las Vegas police arrested Nguyen more than six hours after the barricade began.

The hundreds of comments, on his Instagram, from a concerned community may have helped de-escalate the situation and helped end the standoff with no one getting hurt.