Man arrested after standoff with Azusa police

AZUSA — Police arrested an Azusa man Thursday after he allegedly barricaded himself inside a home, tried to light a fire and threw objects at police officers, authorities said.
Raymond Flores, 28, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, assault on a police officer, resisting police via threats and arson, Azusa police Lt. Frank Chavez said in a written statement.
The incident began about 5:30 p.m. at a house in the 100 block of Calle De Las Estrellas, Chavez said.
Police responded to a report of a disturbance after family members reported Flores was becoming violent and walking around the home with a knife, the lieutenant said.
“When officers arrived Flores had barricaded himself on the second floor, threatening to kill officers if they proceeded any further,” Chavez said. He further claimed to have weapons.
“Based on Flores’ irrational and violent behavior, an uncle living at the location had to be evacuated from his second floor bedroom via window,” Chavez added.
Residents of two nearby condominiums were also evacuated as a precaution, police added.
During a standoff that lasted more than two hours, Flores allegedly continued yelling threats at police, brandishing a knife and throwing objects at officers, Chavez said.
One officer was struck by a picture frame and a ceramic object but was not injured, he said.
Chavez said Flores is also suspected of trying to light a fire by lighting the chemicals inside an aerosol spray can during the standoff.
He ultimately surrendered without further incident, police said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Flores was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail and was due for arraignment in West Covina Superior Court Monday.

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