A suspect with a no bail felony warrant barricaded himself in a home in the 200 block of South 15h Street for more than two hours on Sunday before a crisis negotiations team convinced him to surrender peacefully, police said.
The incident unfolded in the 200 block of S. 15th Street, where police took perimeter positions in case the suspect attempted to escape, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.
When officers approached the home, he closed and locked the front door and could be heard pushing furniture up against the door, Tan said.
Due to his actions, officers evacuated nearby residences for safety reasons and used a public announcement system in their police cars to ask the man to surrender peacefully. He refused, Tan said.
“After a while, one of the occupants inside the residence escaped and told officers the man was trying to set the place on fire by turning on the gas in the kitchen with the intent to light it with a lighter,” Tan said. “Officers quickly contacted PG&E and had the gas turned off.”
Finally, a crisis negotiations team responded and, after patient negotiations, the man surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody, Tan said.
“The department is relieved that no one was hurt, and happy that this volatile incident ended with a peaceful resolution,” Tan said.