EL CAJON (CNS) - A parolee accused of prompting an almost eight-hour standoff with police by threatening his adult son and his wife with a screwdriver pleaded not guilty Friday to assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.
William Warnock, 59, was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Officers were called to a home in La Mesa at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday after Warnock allegedly made threats against his family members, police said.
The defendant allegedly refused to come out to speak to officers, prompting the standoff.
Officers set off flash-bang grenades to coax Warnock out of the house, but the SWAT action continued until after 6 a.m., when he came on to a porch and was Tasered and arrested, police said.
During the standoff, residents of at least a half-dozen surrounding homes were evacuated.
A handgun, shotgun and loaded rifle were found in the residence, authorities said.
In addition to assault, Warnock was charged with two counts of making threats, being a felon in possession of a weapon and ammunition and misdemeanor counts of violating a restraining order and resisting police.
Warnock, who has a prison prior for a 2006 conviction for evading police, faces six years and eight months in prison if convicted, Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals said.
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