El Centro man arrested after barricading himself in an attic for 2 hours
EL CENTRO, CA.- An El Centro man is arrested after a 2 hour standoff with police.
The El Centro Police Department says they were serving a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 800 block of El Dorado Avenue just before 7 p.m. Thursday when officers saw the hatch door being moved into place from within the attic.
ECPD says one person was quickly taken into custody but the person in the attic would not come down.
"Because of the ever present threat of danger from firearms by those people involved in drug trafficking, a decision to activate El Centro police SWAT was made", said Commander Jeff Mason.
After hearing movement in the attic for more than an hour and no one exiting, police say SWAT officers launched plastic breakable projectiles filled with O.C.(oleo resin capsicum), a form of powdered pepper spray into the attic and then followed up with an announcement of deploying a police canine.
They say that's when 33 year old Cain Arreola decided to climb down from the attic.
He was then taken into custody and decontaminated.
ECPD says Arreola was arrested on a warrant charging him with possession of narcotics for sale.
His bail was set at $100,000.00.
Police say once a search of the home is complete, Arreloa will be booked into Imperial County Jail.
"The El Centro Police Department would like to thank the agents from the Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team (IVSIT) and the canine officers from the California Highway Patrol for their assistance in tonight's operation", said Mason.
No information was available pertaining to the person initially arrested inside the home.
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