SWAT Team Surrounded Escondido Apartment

Police response prompted evacuations near East Grand Ave.

By Lauren Steussy
|  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 7:51 PM PDT
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Armored vehicles surrounded the apartment complex in Escondido on Tuesday.

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A SWAT team surrounded an apartment complex in Escondido Tuesday afternoon for about three hours after responding to an alleged domestic violence call.

A man shut himself inside an apartment in the 1300 block of East Grand Ave. at about 1 p.m. and refused to come out, police said.

Police initially tried to take him into custody after one officer was interviewing a woman for a stolen car report. When the officer noticed the woman had injuries on her face, she told him she had recently been hit by her boyfriend.

She said the night before, he hit her so hard she blacked out. When she woke up, her keys were missing and she called the police to report her car as stolen.

Police believed that the suspect may have been armed, and surrounded the apartment as a precautionary measure.

When he refused to cooperate, police called for SWAT assistance.

Units near the complex were evacuated by police.

Just after 3 p.m., the SWAT standoff was called off when the suspect surrendered to authorities. He was taken into custody without incident. 

The suspect was booked into jail on charges of domestic violence as well as additional charges that will be determined later, police said.

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