ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A man suspected of severely beating his girlfriend and stealing her car locked himself inside a North County apartment Tuesday when officers arrived to question him, prompting a 4 1/2-hour standoff that ended with his peaceful surrender.
Thomas Leon Wesley Davis, 29, holed up in the residence in the 1300 block of East Grand Avenue in Escondido about 10:45 a.m. as police arrived in response to the alleged domestic assault, Lt. Mike Loarie said.
Based on the victim's statements that Davis might be armed with a pistol and an assault rifle, officers evacuated several dozen people from surrounding apartments while trying to persuade the suspect to give up. After about 90 minutes, a SWAT was called in to take up positions around the complex, Loarie said.
Davis refused to surrender for several more hours before finally exiting the residence with his hands over his head about 3:15 p.m., the lieutenant said.
The suspect was alone in the apartment during the standoff, but it was not immediately clear if he had been armed.
Davis' girlfriend told police the suspect had beaten her unconscious the previous night before stealing her vehicle. The woman had "substantial" trauma to her face, according to Loarie, who declined to say if she required medical care for the injuries.
The lieutenant said he was unsure if Davis lived at the apartment where the alleged domestic violence and standoff occurred.
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