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Three children at home during two-hour police stand-off



Two people have been arrested following an alleged two-hour standoff with police in Sydney's western suburbs yesterday. 

Police were called to the home, on Samarai Road in Whalan, at 6.20pm on Saturday after reports a man, 25, was allegedly being held hostage at knifepoint.

It's believed the man was allegedly threatened by other occupants of the home – who were known to him – and demanded he hand over cash.

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During an altercation between the 25-year-old and another man, the younger man fell out of a window and allegedly ran off.

After police worked out a woman was inside with her three young children – two girls aged 14 and 11 and a seven-year-old boy a perimeter was established with the assistance of the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), the Tactical Operations Unit (TOU), PolAir and the Dog Squad.

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After a roughly two-hour stand-off, the man and woman inside the property were arrested without incident after they exited the home at about 8.30pm.

The 41-year-old woman was taken to Mt Druitt Police Station and the 38-year-old man was treated by paramedics and taken to Mt Druitt Hospital.

He was later escorted back to the station.

Each have been charged with detain a person in company with intent to obtain advantage and have both been refused bail.

They will appear at Parramatta Bail Court today.

The children are now in the care of Family and Community services.

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