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Homeowner in custody after dispute and standoff

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A standoff involving an irate homeowner and police ended early Wednesday morning in Hillcrest.

The standoff began overnight near the corner of Herbert Street and Upas Street, because of a fight between the homeowner and a tenant. The suspect allegedly trying to set a fire in the area that the female tenant lived.

Officers say the suspect screamed at officers after setting the fire and wouldn't surrender. Then, police knocked down the front door with a battering ram. After the standoff, which lasted an hour and a half, police entered the house and arrested the homeowner in his bathrobe.

Officers say the 52-year-old white male was fighting with his tenant who rented part of the house.

Before 2:00 a.m., officers reported that he set fire to the woman's porch and patio area with a curtain and Duraflame log.

The suspect was ranting at officers for more than an hour, and officers believed he was a danger to the tenant and community.

"The female tenant heard the male landlord setting fire to the patio structure which is attached to the residence. He demonstrated he was a danger and we didn't want him to harm her after we left," explained Lt. Paul Connelly with the San Diego Police Department.

The homeowner will be charged with felony arson and resisting arrest.

Additionally there seems to be a criminal history involving the homeowner. Police say he previously smashed the tenant's car with an object.

The commotion woke neighbors who had been complaining of the loud noise in this normally quiet area Wednesday morning.

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