Police standoff resolved, no arrest made

Posted at 12:12 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 09:06:35-05

After a standoff between police and a man in southwest Bakersfield lasted all afternoon, law officials vacated the area saying that no crime was being committed.

Police were sent to the 3000 block of Pecangrove Drive to respond to a domestic peace disturbance. Family members said that the suspect was acting erratically.

As police attempted to make contact, he continued to act irrationally and was seen with a gun. The part of the neighborhood near his home was completely shut down by police and SWAT, and people couldn't get to their homes if they lived inside the police line.

The man was heard screaming and was seen throwing things out of his window, including what appeared to be a computer monitor.

He also threw $100 bills out onto his roof and his lawn, some of them ripped. After police left, neighborhood children ran onto his lawn and took whatever money they could grab.

Sergeant Gary Carreusco said that teams were pulled out because no crime was being committed.

"We didn't want to force a confrontation with him. It was clear that he wasn't going to come out of the house and there was really no need for us to force our way in the house," Carreusco said. "So we made the decision to leave.

"The family was comfortable going back in the house, they thought they could rationalize with him."