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Man who allegedly threatened to drive off side of mountain arrested

A man who authorities say attempted to kill himself and his estranged girlfriend by driving them off the side of a mountain was taken into custody Sunday after he crashed his vehicle into a guardrail, fled the scene and then barricaded himself in a home near Santa Anita Dam.

The suspect, Patrick Anthony Gonzalez, 21, of Los Angeles, left the scene of the incident at Chantry Flats late Saturday and ran off into the Angeles National Forest, according to Lt. Mike Castro of the Arcadia Police Department.

His female passenger was not injured, Castro said, but Gonzalez was.

As authorities searched for him, they received a 911 call from residents of a home near Santa Anita Dam who reported an intruder, Castro said.

“It was determined that the intruder was in fact the driver of the vehicle that had collided into the guardrail,” Castro said.

An L.A. County sheriff’s SWAT team was called after the suspect refused to leave. The standoff went on for several hours, Castro said, ending peacefully at 8:23 a.m. Sunday. 

Gonzalez was taken to a hospital. After a medical evaluation, he will be booked on several charges, including attempted murder and residential burglary, Castro said.

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