BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Homeowners in the 100 block of Eye Street were told to stay indoors Friday night due to a man who had barricaded himself inside a home and who police thought was possibly armed.
Bakersfield Police SWAT members were on the scene, and about 10 homes were evacuated during the standoff.
Police say the situation started just before 8 p.m. when patrol officers spotted Mario Melendez, who had an outstanding felony warrant for narcotics and evading arrest. The BPD said Melendez was with a 26-year-old Arcelia Ramirez, of Bakersfield, inside reported stolen vehicle.
Police tried to stop the suspect's vehicle, but the man fled from officers. The vehicle was then disabled in the 100 block of H Street.
According to Bakersfield police, Melendez then fled east on foot into a home in the 100 block of Eye Street. Witnesses said they saw Melendez try to force an entry into one of the apartments.
Around 11:30 p.m., he reportedly surrendered peacefully. Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department recovered a firearm discarded by Melendez. He was later booked into the Kern County Jail.
If you have any information that could help in the case, you are asked to contact the BPD.
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