FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – A suspect accused of assaulting his wife barricaded himself inside a home with their child, leading to a 7 hours-long standoff with police in Fresno on Monday.
The Fresno Police Department says a woman called 9-1-1 around 3 p.m. to report that her husband had assaulted her during an argument at their home near Shields and Fruit avenues.
The suspect has not surrendered and officers are still surrounding the home, hoping for the standoff to end peacefully.
“I thought it would stop people from coming in but nope, everybody is coming in to see all the action,” said Natalie Swanbeck, who works nearby.
Swanbeck has seen her fair share of police activity in the past three years she’s worked at E-Z Go.
“We’ve been robbed, I’ve seen them get robbed, we get blocked off for accidents, a lot of accidents because we have no turn signal, but this is the first standoff,” said Swanbeck.
She and her customers watched as Fresno Police Officers taped off the street and surrounded the home.
“According to the victim, she was at her residence when her husband came home, they got into an argument and he physically assaulted her, she fled the residence, leaving behind her husband and 2-year-old child, that’s when she called the police department,” explained Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dolley.
Lt. Bill Dooley says the man made threats to officers and refused to come outside and release the child, leading to an hours-long standoff.
According to police, negotiators are on the scene trying to ensure a peaceful end to the standoff. There is nothing to suggest the child has been injured.
“The well-being of the child is our utmost concern right now,” said Lt. Dooley.
Negotiators used various tactics, including asking the suspect to call 9-1-1 to speak to them.
“Hopefully, it resolves well, but these things usually don’t. Hopefully, everything goes okay,” said Swanbeck.