Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date February 11, 2002
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson


Barricaded Subject

Riverside, Ca. - On Monday February 11, 2002 at about 11:10 a.m. Riverside Police Officers responded to the 3600 block of Castle Reigh Drive in response to a 911 hang-up telephone call. Responding officers contacted 56-year-old George Metcalf who lives at the residence with his 92-year-old mother.

Mr. Metcalf made several delusional statements to the officers through the open front door. His comments caused the officers to be concerned for the welfare of his mother. Mr. Metcalf would not answer specific questions about his mother and refused to allow the officers to enter the house to check on her.

The Riverside Police Departmentís Emergency Negotiations and S.W.A.T. Teams responded to the scene. Several neighbors were evacuated from their homes. Negotiators were able to communicate with Mr. Metcalf by telephone, but he repeatedly refused to come outside or provide information about his mother.

Eventually Mr. Metcalf confirmed his mother was inside the house and allowed her to leave the house uninjured. Based upon statements he and his mother made, investigators obtained a Felony Arrest Warrant for 236 P.C. False Imprisonment.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., after several hours of negotiations, the S.W.A.T. team forced entry into the house. They took Mr. Metcalf into custody after utilizing Less Than Lethal Weapons to affect the arrest. He sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Mr. Metcalf was transported to the Riverside County Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. He will be detained for psychiatric evaluation and then booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.