SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — A 29-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly attempting to break into a home using a machete.
According to the Simi Valley Police Department, officers were sent around 2:26 a.m. to a home located in the 1400 block of Patricia Avenue, for report of a man armed with a machete attempting to force entry to a home where a family had been sleeping.
A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect assaulted a man with the machete before he broke windows, and was actively trying to get into the house, but fled before officers arrived on scene.
Officers said the man was suffering from a large hematoma on his head, due to being struck with the machete.
Residents were evacuated while officers conducted an area search for the suspect.
According to police, the property was large with several trailers, vehicles, structures and large trees, which made it difficult for authorities to search for the suspect.
A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, and K-9 officers were called in to assist in the search of the yard.
A K-9 officer was able to alert police of the presence of a suspect in a detached garage located on the property.
Police explained they made attempts to allow the suspect to exit the garage on his own, but he refused and continued to conceal himself inside.
Officers proceeded to force entry, and located the suspect hiding before he was taken into custody.
Amado Hernandez, of Simi Valley, was booked into Ventura County Jail on charges for assault with a deadly weapon, and two felony counts of vandalism for damage he caused to the home and a vehicle located on the property.