Man’s alleged threats, ‘crazy’ behavior prompts SWAT standoff

SANTEE (CNS) – A transient allegedly took his girlfriend hostage and threatened another woman with a knife Wednesday at an East County home, prompting a five-hour SWAT standoff that ended with his arrest.

A resident of the house in the 10900 block of Chantilly Court in Santee made a 911 call shortly after 5 a.m. to report that a man there was “acting crazy and threatening to kill her and any cops” who showed up, sheriff's Sgt. Tom Poulin said.

When deputies tried to contact the man, identified as 31-year-old Sean Arevalo, he refused to come outside, instead retreating to an upstairs bedroom and locking himself inside along with his girlfriend, the sergeant said.

About a half-hour later, with the suspect still holed up and ignoring orders to surrender, sheriff's officials sent in a special weapons and tactics squad along with crisis negotiators.

The stalemate continued until about 10:40 a.m., when the SWAT officers forced entry to the bedroom and arrested Arevalo at gunpoint. Inside the room, deputies found the unharmed woman and recovered the folding knife that Arevalo allegedly had been brandishing, Poulin said.

The suspect had lived at the residence with his girlfriend until last week, when he was arrested on suspicion of threatening the other female roommate, according to Poulin. Since being freed from custody in that case, Arevalo apparently had been homeless, the sergeant added.

It was not immediately clear if the suspect bailed out of jail or was released without being charged.

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