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Standoff in Tustin approaches eighth hour [Updated]

An Orange County man angry that his car was being repossessed rammed a tow truck with a vehicle early Wednesday and then barricaded himself inside his home, where he has been locked in a standoff with police for more than seven hours.

[Updated at 2:43 p.m.: The tense police standoff in Tustin has ended, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The suspect surrendered peacefully around 1:30 p.m.]

The suspect appears to be unarmed, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said, but he is considered a threat because he has a criminal history. The man was arrested last month for brandishing a weapon and making terrorist threats, said Amormino.

Amormino said the man has been standing bare-chested at an open window, taunting and waving at the sheriff's special weapons and tactics team that has circled the home in an unincorporated area near Tustin.

The incident began at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, when a repossession agent arrived at the man's home in the 17000 block of Norwood Park Place. When the agent began to hook up the man's vehicle to his tow truck, the suspect climbed into a nearby U-Haul and rammed the truck, according to Amormino. There was no one in the tow vehicle, Amormino said.

When police were called, the suspect locked himself in his home. At one point, he tossed a laptop computer onto the lawn and threw other items at a SWAT team robot camera that rolled up toward the window.

Amormino said nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution. He says officers plan to wait for the man to come out on his own.

"We are still going to keep negotiating," Amormino said. "No matter how long it takes."

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Man barricaded in his unincorporated Tustin home. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Typical dimwit with no impulse control. Behind on his payments, arrested recently for making threats, rams a tow truck with his vehicle, throws tantrums at the police. Lame.

Why are they wasting police resources and time. If he is unarmed, just go get him. As he's bare chested on the window, shoot him with a tranquilizer.

Incompetent Los Angeles police department, time and time again...

Couldn't they just send 10 cops in the back door while he was standing there with his hands out the window talking to that cop by the truck totally preoccupied...Then the cops could have all grabbed different limbs and arrested the guy...

But instead they waited 8 hours...for him to fall asleep????

I don't like Tustin. People in Tustin are mostly arrogant asses, they think since they live near Irvine they think they're rich and try to make everyone else "think" they are.


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