U.S. Marshals attempted to pick up a man accused of elder abuse and making terrorist threats near Newport and West Shore at Woodward Lake in Northeast Fresno. But they found themselves in a six hour stand-off with the suspect instead.
It took the swat team, the evacuation of a neighborhood, and road closures before 46-year-old David Marks finally surrendered to authorities. According to Lt. John Reynolds with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, “He was not cooperative with the agents. Barricaded himself in the residence.”
For hours, officers say Marks– who lives with his parents– refused to give up. At times he threw things at officers. His son, who did not want to be identified, says his father has drug problems. ” I feel for my father. I really apologized for the community and how he acted. I just hope the best for him,” says Marks’ son.
Marks’ son says his father is a convicted felon who has served time behind bars and lived with his parents for the past year. He says he doesn’t think his dad would act on any threats, but he does need help. ” I believe he needs to go to a program. Get on his feet as an adult like him should have,” he says
Law enforcement evacuated near-by homes during the standoff. Mike Provencher and his wife were among those impacted. “My wife called me at work and told me what was going ton. I was real surprised. One of the reasons we moved in the area five years ago is cause this is one of the safest areas in Fresno,” says Provencher.
It was in December two 21-year-old men were shot and killed on the east side of Woodward Lake during a prescription drug deal. The Provencher’s say they’re concerned about what’s happening in their neighborhood. “It feels like it’s coming towards us and this is not what we thought we would have,” Provencher says.
Authorities say David marks was home alone during the standoff. They say he has a history of violence with law enforcement. He surrendered peacefully after officers made entry through the front door.