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Escondido SWAT standoff ends with suspect in custody

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ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A young man allegedly punched his mother, threatened to burn down their North County home and refused to exit and surrender when officers arrived, prompting a nearly six-hour police standoff that ended Tuesday afternoon with his arrest.

The alleged assailant, believed to be 20 years old, reportedly was armed with a baseball bat and possibly a samurai sword when he holed up in the residence in the area of 11th Avenue and South Spruce Street in Escondido about 9 a.m., according to police.

His mother, who had suffered a cut to her head, fled the home prior to the arrival of officers, Sgt. Mark Petersen said. She was not believed to be seriously injured, the sergeant said.

Special weapons and tactics personnel were called in to take up positions around the house. The suspect continued refusing to surrender until shortly before 3 p.m., when he finally walked outside and was taken into custody, according to police.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Jesus Romo. 

Romo refused to come outside and give himself up until shortly before 3 p.m., when the special weapons and tactics officers fired tear gas canisters into the home. At that point, the suspect climbed out a bedroom window and was taken into custody without further incident.

Romo was expected to be booked into county jail on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest.

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