CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) – A man armed with a knife holed up in a Chula Vista hotel for more than five hours Tuesday, before being taken down by a police dog.
Chula Vista police say they were called to 400 block of Third Street for a man holed up in the El Primero Hotel. Officers say Gary Romero, 26, tried to rob a homeowner in the 300 block of G Street around 5:30 p.m., there was a struggle and the man took off looking for cover at the hotel.
The hotel owner tells CBS News 8 there were no guests inside only his wife who was confronted by the knife-wielding man.
“She was not scared at all, she is a very strong person. He was not really threatening he was just running away,” said Pie Roque.
The owner says the man told his wife, ‘they are going to kill me, just let me in.'
Police say when the SWAT team made entry around 9:30 p.m. Romero refused to cooperate and the negotiations lasted until about 10:30 p.m. Officers say the suspect dove out of a glass window and tried to run through the courtyard of the hotel. SWAT officers used bean bag rounds and a taser on the suspect but he didn't comply. They say Romero ran through a glass and rod iron gate leading to the Third Street. A K-9 was deployed and the suspect was taken down.
Police do not know if the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or there is mental health issue. He was arrested and transported to a hospital to be treated for numerous injuries.
Officers say once Romero is cleared at the hospital he will be booked several felony charges including attempted robbery and burglary.