For Immediate Release
|Date||July 12, 2001|
|Contact||Lt. Darryl Hurt|
Riverside, Ca- On Thursday, 07-22-2001, at approximately 3:25 P.M., Riverside Police Officers responded to the an apartment complex at 4333 Brockton in reference to a 911 hang-up call to the police department. A female was heard screaming in the phone and could not respond to the call takerís questions.
When the first officers arrived, the female and her baby had escaped the apartment and contacted the officers. She told the officers that her ex-boyfriend, who did not live with her, broke into her apartment and started arguing and hitting her. As she ran out of the apartment, he told her that "he did not want to live, and if the police came he was going to kill himself or make police do it."
METRO/SWAT officers were in the area and responded to handle the situation. As they were negotiating and deploying, the suspect set fire to the apartment. The METRO officers broke windows and breached the front door to extinguish the flames before they spread throughout the complex. They were successful in extinguishing the flames and eventually convinced the suspect to surrender outside of the apartment, approximately two hours after the incident started.
Robert Zurita of Rubidoux, 23 years, was taken into custody without further incident. The Riverside Fire Department checked the apartment and complex and verified that the complex was safe from fire. Robert had cut his forehead on a fan while being taken into custody and was taken to the Riverside Community Hospital for a medical clearance and then ETS for 72 hour mental evaluation. If found to be mentally competent, he will be booked at Riverside County Jail for the Arson, Domestic Violence Battery, and Burglary. File number P3 01193215.