Police: Man barricades self in Arcadia home after trying to kill woman, self by driving off cliff

ARCADIA — Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder and other crimes early Sunday after he tried to drive himself and a woman over a cliff, then barricaded himself inside the home of the Santa Anita Dam keeper for seven hours, authorities said.
Patrick Anthony Gonzalez, 21, of Los Angeles was taken to a hospital for treatment of unknown injuries prior to being booked into jail, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
The incident began about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when officers responded to reports of a car that had crashed into a guardrail along Chantry Flats Road, just within the northern city limit, the lieutenant said.
“Further investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle intentionally hit the guardrail in an attempt to kill both himself and his passenger — changing the focus of the investigation from a traffic accident to attempted murder,” Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
The woman, whose age was not available, was unhurt, police said. Officers searched the area but did not find the driver.
Gonzalez and the woman were believed to be in a relationship or formerly involved in a relationship, Castro said.
But several hours later, just before 1:20 a.m., police received a 9-1-1 call from the home of the dam keeper at the Santa Anita Dam reporting an intruder inside the house, officials said.
The dam keeper and his wife got out of the home safely, but the intruder remained inside, Castro said. It was determined the man who broke into the house was the same man involved in the earlier crash.
Police made repeated attempts to order the suspect — later identified as Gonzalez — to surrender, but he remained holed-up in the house, police said. The residents also advised police that there was a loaded gun inside the house.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team members were summoned to the scene and took over the stand-off.
After a little more than seven hours, they entered the home and took Gonzalez into custody, according to Arcadia police.
He was hospitalized in unknown condition for injuries he was believed to have suffered in the crash and while fleeing from it, Castro said. He was not believed to have been injured during his arrest.

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