UPLAND (CBSLA.com) — The suspect accused of stabbing an El Monte man to death last month was arrested Thursday after a nearly 10-hour standoff with police at an apartment in Upland.
The unidentified man barricaded himself at the complex in the 1400 block of West 7th Street around 9:30 a.m. after sheriff’s deputies tried to serve him an arrest warrant in connection to the Oct. 28 killing of 34-year-old Miguel Duarte.
“When they served the arrest warrant, the suspect barricaded himself into the apartment building. That’s when SWAT team, K-9, crisis negotiators, as well as our homicide detectives came out,” said Nicole Nishida from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The situation forced residents from 30 apartments to be evacuated.
The suspect was finally taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. after tear gas was fired into the apartment.
The man walked out of the complex shirtless with blood on his head and face.
“He was treated for some medical conditions and then he was transported to a local hospital,” said Nishida.
Tenants, who waited outside in the cold for hours, were grateful to be able to go back inside their homes.
“I was cheering. I was happy…they got everybody out of the complex safe. Basically, I’m happy that everything is over with now,” Ross Galloway told KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen.