BALDWIN PARK — Police SWAT teams used a K-9 unit to arrest a gang member who absconded from a probation camp and is suspected in a stabbing following a three-hour standoff early Friday, officials said.
Eduardo Rodriguez, 18, of was taken to a hospital for injuries he suffered during the arrest and was expected to be jailed without bail on an arrest warrant, Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso said.
“He’s wanted for questioning involving an assault with a deadly weapon involving a knife that happened several months ago,” the lieutenant said.
In addition, he said, Rodriguez went missing from a Los Angeles County probation camp in recent months.
Detectives came to believe Rodriguez had been hiding at two homes — his family’s home in the 3800 block of Cosbey Street and another home just around the corner in the 13200 block of Earl Avenue, Reynoso said. Previous searches of Rodriguez’s home turned up handguns, but not the suspect himself.
Friday’s incident began as Baldwin Park and West Covina police SWAT teams simultaneously carried out search and arrest warrants both homes shortly before 5 a.m., Sgt. Chris Hofford said.
The search at the Earl Avenue address took place without incident, Reynoso said. The residents complied with police, and no arrests were made.
But after police ordered the residents out of the Cosbey Street home, “we were told by at least two family members that the suspect were looking for, Eduardo Rodriguez, was in the home,” he said.
Officials spent three hours ordering Rodriguez to surrender via a loudspeaker and and trying to contact him on his cell phone, Reynoso said.
“After about three hours, officers forced open a garage door,” he said. “They were able to see the suspect hiding in the back seat of an SUV, which was located inside the garage. The suspect would poke his head up and down and make eye contact with the officers, but still refused to come out.”
Fearing Rodriguez may be armed, officers used a bean bag projectile to smash out a window of the SUV, then sent in a police dog as they took him into custody, officials said.
Rodriguez was taken to a hospital for treatment of dog bites and cuts to his face he suffered when the SUV window was shattered, Reynoso said.
A loaded handgun was found hidden in Rodriguez’s home after his arrest, police said. Officers continued searching the home Friday morning.
Further details on the stabbing Rodriguez was being investigated for were not immediately available.