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LAS VEGAS -- More details are emerging about a sexual assault suspect who was arrested Tuesday following a standoff with police.

The standoff unfolded in a southwest valley neighborhood when police tried to make contact with a man with a lengthy criminal history.

Police were looking for Agustin Baranda, 38, following allegations of sexual assault against a child. The child reported the alleged abuse to a family member.

The seven-hour standoff created disruption in the neighborhood off of Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue. More than two dozen officers, including SWAT, responded to the neighborhood. 





"After preliminary investigation, there was such serious number of charges over a period of years that we had to take immediate action," said Lt. Dan McGrath, Metro Police.

Police were able to take Baranda into custody without incident later Tuesday evening.

A police lieutenant at the scene told 8 News NOW the suspect was a registered sex offender and was accused of abusing the child for years.

"It was sexual assault, so it's not just touching, we are talking serious charges," Lt. McGrath said. 





Baranda was convicted of sexual battery in Santa Barbara, California in 1996.  Records also show he is a registered sex offender in Nevada.

"That was surprising, unsettling only a couple of doors down," neighbor Lindsay Radic said.

She lives just steps away from where Baranda was taken into custody.

Radic says she never saw him around the neighborhood, but wishes she knew there was a sex offender living nearby before she moved in earlier this year.

"I kind of wish I would have put it more on my radar," Radic said. "We don't have children, so I didn't think about it too much, but now I will keep an eye on what's out there."







Metro Police say there is the possibility there could be more victims.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety has a website where you can search for sex offenders living in your community.

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