Samurai sword and baseball bat prompts Escondido SWAT standoff

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A SWAT standoff was prompted in Escondido Tuesday after a young man allegedly punched his mother around 9 a.m. and refused to come out of their North County home when officers arrived. The hours-long standoff ended around 2:30 p.m. after the suspect finally came out of the residence and was immediately arrested.

The alleged suspect is believed to be 20-year-old Jesus Romo.

According to Escondido Police, Romo was holed up in the 11th Avenue and South Spruce Street residence with a baseball bat and possibly a samurai sword. He also threatened to burn down the home.

The alleged assailant’s mother suffered a cut to her head, but did got out of the home before authorities arrived and was not seriously injured. SWAT officers surrounded the home, but the suspect refused to respond to special weapons and tactics personnel’s attempts to negotiate.

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