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Man arrested after five-hour standoff on Balboa Peninsula

February 2, 2012 |  8:18 am

Police arrested a man after a five-hour standoff on Balboa Peninsula
A five-hour standoff on the Balboa Peninsula ended peacefully Wednesday evening after U.S. marshals and local police arrested a man who had barricaded himself inside a home.

Marshals were trying to serve a felony larceny arrest warrant out of Westchester County, N.Y., to Geoffrey Earl Patton, but he refused to come out of a home in the 100 block of 25th Street when they came to the residence around 1 p.m.

By 3 p.m., Newport Beach and Irvine police SWAT teams and a crisis negotiation team responded to the scene. Patton was taken into custody without incident around 6:15 p.m., officials told the Daily Pilot.

During the incident, Balboa and Newport boulevards were blocked off between 22nd and 29th streets.

Police initially weren't sure if Patton, 36, was armed, but they noted that he did have guns legally registered in his name, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Laura Vega.

Patton is charged with felony larceny in New York, where officials said he took money from homeowners. He allegedly promised to modify their home loans but never performed the work, according to Vega.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday.

Though Patton is accused of a white-collar crime in New York, authorities said he has a more checkered and violent past in California.

He has previous arrests for resisting a police officer, battery and violating weapons laws, officials said, as well as multiple convictions for lying to police, grand theft and driving under the influence. Records show he has registered financial businesses in Los Alamitos and Newport Beach, and previously lived in two different locations in Newport.

Vega said that although this case involved a state-issued warrant, the marshals typically assist in the catching of fugitives.


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Photo: Officers take cover behind an Irvine police SWAT vehicle during a standoff Wednesday with Geoffrey Earl Patton, 36, who barricaded himself in a residence in the 100 block of 25th Street on the Balboa Peninsula.  Credit: Kevin Chang / Times Community News