Officials: La Verne man arrested by SWAT after chasing neighbor with hammer

LA VERNE >> A 63-year-old La Verne man chased after a neighbor with a hammer and smashed up a car and other property before barricading himself inside his mobile home for more than six hours early Friday, authorities said.
Eric Alfred Bark, 63, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he surrendered to SWAT officers after a stand-off lasting for several hours, according to La Verne police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The incident began about 2 a.m. when police received a call of a man acting violently with a hammer at the Cobacobana Mobile Home Park, 2717 Arrow Highway, La Verne police officials said in a written statement.
Police responded to a report that a man with a hammer had chased after and tried to attack a fellow mobile home park with a hammer, police said. The neighbor was not injured.
“Following the attack, the male subject reportedly also used the hammer to damage a nearby vehicle and other property,” according to the police statement.
When police confronted the suspect, he fled into his mobile home and refused officers’ orders to come out, officials said.
The Foothills Special Enforcement Team was summoned to the scene, and Bark ultimately surrendered to them without further incident about 9 a.m., officials said.
Bark was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
No information regarding a motive in the alleged crime was available.

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