Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Update: Barricade suspect identified

Riverside, Ca- A man who barricaded himself in an Arlanza area home he had earlier broken into was arrested by Riverside Police METRO Team SWAT officers after a three-hour standoff.

The suspect, described as an Hispanic male in his early 30s, broke into a residence on the 5700-block Picker St. at about 4:30 a.m., entering from the rear yard by breaking a window. The residents, an elderly couple, described the suspect as “naked and agitated.” The 77- year-old male resident struck the intruder with a baseball bat but was unable to get the suspect to leave. The suspect struck the male resident in the head with a vase as the victim and his wife, age 69, fled from the house.

The couple was able to escape the house and called police. Patrol officers set up a perimeter around the house; officers were unable to make contact with the suspect. Officers noticed a strong smell of natural gas coming from the house and turned off the gas supply at the meter. Riverside METRO Team tactical officers again secured the perimeter and attempted to contact the suspect. Just before 7:30 a.m., METRO officers surrounded the house and took the suspect into custody without further incident.

The male resident victim was taken to Parkview Community Hospital where he received treatment for his head wound and cuts to his cheek, hands and feet. The suspect, identified later as Francisco Javier TORRES, 34, of Riverside, is being treated at Riverside Community Hospital for multiple cuts and bruises sustained during the break-in. Torres is charged with burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism; other charges may be pending.