Azusa Domestic Violence Suspect In Custody After Holding Two Children Hostage
Azusa police have taken a suspect into custody after he barricaded himself and refused to cooperate with police following a domestic violence call. During the barricade, he allegedly held two children hostage, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who was on-hand to assist the Azusa Police Department.
Azusa Police and SWAT responded to the call around 6:40 a.m. Monday morning. They found a woman with non-life threatening injuries and took her to a nearby hospital, according to the L.A. Times. The suspect refused to come out, prompting the standoff. A 12-year old boy and a 17-month-old girl were in the house with the suspect, but were released late in the morning, according to City News Service. The suspect then surrendered himself to the police early Monday afternoon, and he was promptly arrested. The man and the woman are both the girl's parents, but it remains unclear whether either is the parent of the boy.
During the standoff, Azusa Police said there was no threat to the surrounding community, but urged residents to stay away from the scene for their safety.