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Hostage and neighbors recount terrifying standoff

Posted at 6:40 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 22:06:07-05

A day after a 5-hour-long standoff ended peacefully with the suspect surrendering, one of two hostages is opening up about being held at gunpoint.

Doug Horwich says he was working at home upstairs near Robindale and Decatur when he heard a commotion downstairs. He thought his friend visiting from out of town was talking with a cable company person who was supposed to arrive that day. Instead, when he went downstairs, he says his next-door neighbor pointed an assault rifle at his head.


Horwich says his neighbor, Edison Somera held the gun to his head for 10 minutes as he tried to to talk with him. "There was no reasoning with the guy," Horwich says.

Horwich says when he found a window of opportunity, he was able to run out his front door. But his friend was still inside and held hostage for 5 hours. He says it's not the first time he's had issues with his neighbor. He says Somera would act hostile towards him. "He's a ticking time bomb," Horwich says.

Police blocked off the area as SWAT teams were sent in to end the situation peacefully. Eventually, the suspect surrendered. They say it all started with a domestic dispute, and the suspect fired shots at police.

Shots were fired at several homes and cars in the neighborhood.

As all this was going on while Shirley, who lives right across the street hit in her closet. She says she's known the suspect and his family for years, ever since they all lived in Hawaii before moving to Las Vegas.

She describes Somera as a nice guy, but says he recently had issues with his ex-girlfriend, who recently filed a temporary restraining order against him.

Shirley says during the entire standoff, she tried to escape, but was worried Somera would try and go to her house since he knew her.

She says she still doesn't believe he's a bad person.  "I know he's probably going to jail for a long time," she says.  "I just hope he becomes to changed man we know he can be."