Cutler man who allegedly threatened to kill neighbor with knife, arrested after 5-hour standoff


A tense 5-hour standoff in Tulare County ended with one man in custody.

Authorities said 49-year old- Ramiro Garcia threatened to kill his neighbor with a knife, then barricaded himself in his own home Friday.

It happened on Avenue 404 and Mueller Road in Cutler.

Law enforcement flooded the neighboorhood as groups of people looked on. Garcia was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. 

Liz Jones a spokesperson for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said the situation began around 12:30 p.m. “Our dispatch center received a 911 call about a male subject going after his neighbor with a knife,” she said. 

Jones said after Garcia threatened to kill his next door neighbor, and then barricaded himself in his own home.

Deputies were unsure if he was armed. The scene happened just two blocks from Cutler Elementary School. Parents were asked to pick up their kids as a precaution.

“It’s pretty scary just because it was like right next to the school and yeah my niece goes to that school,” Marcos Perez a neighbor said. 

Perez has lived across the street for about a decade. “It’s a great area. Nothing really happens,” he said. 

Others who did not want to go on camera said Garcia has a tumultuous history, and they’ve seen law enforcement at his home before.

“SWAT teams had a hostage negotiator out trying to get our suspect out of his residence. He was not responding. Our SWAT team decided to send the robot in,” Jones said, “the SWAT robot does have a camera and did locate the suspect in the residence unarmed.”

Garcia was taken down without incident. He faces charges of felony criminal threats and committing a crime while out on bail.

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