Standoff in Redlands ends peacefully

A report of an assault and car theft at a Redlands home turned into a three-hour standoff with law enforcement that ended peacefully Thursday evening.

Deputies were called to 590 Dike Road around 3:50 p.m. after a man reported he was assaulted by another man who then stole his vehicle, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.

When deputies arrived at the address, two men and a woman ran inside and refused to come out. Members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Street Crimes Unit and Special Weapons and Tactics team attempted to communicate with the trio by phone and using a megaphone but didn’t receive any response, Benjamin said.

The woman left the home around 6:40 p.m., and two men followed about 10 minutes later, she said. “Good call on their part,” Benjamin said.

The three were detained and interviewed but had not been arrested as of 8 p.m. Benjamin said one of the men who holed up inside the house was believed to be the man who assaulted and robbed the alleged victim, although deputies had not confirmed that Thursday evening.

Authorities conducted a protective sweep of the home to make sure no one else was inside, then obtained a search warrant and were expected to go through the home more thoroughly, Benjamin said.

Dike Road was closed for about an hour during the standoff.


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