OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A robbery suspect was arrested Monday afternoon following a tense standoff in an Oceanside neighborhood.
Shortly after noon, U.S. Marshals and officers from the Oceanside and Carlsbad police departments arrived at a home on Beachwood Street to arrest 18-year-old Jose Perez. They spent the next hour trying to get him to come out of the house.
Authorities said Perez was wanted in connection with an Oceanside robbery, and authorities told 10News that Perez is a documented gang member.
Officers saw Perez outside of the house and moved in to arrest him, but Steve Jurman of the U.S. Marshals Service said, "When we went to make contact, he ran inside the house and refused to come out."
A Carlsbad police K-9 was sent in with a search team, and Jurman said, "We located him hiding actually inside the garage, which was made into a bedroom."
Marshals told a 10News crew at the scene that Perez's mother was home. But when a 10News reporter tried to talk to her, she told him through a closed door to go away.
"We see sometimes kids around, like I said, never know that there was any … except one time we heard this guy had some problems with the cops in the past," said neighbor Gaetano Cicciotti.
Another neighbor who didn't want to go on camera told 10News that she wasn't sure how many people even live in the house. She said people come and go at all hours of the day and night, and she said there is frequently loud music playing. She said she wasn't at all surprised to hear about Perez's arrest.
As of late Monday afternoon, Perez was being held in the Vista detention facility on $100,000 bail.
Oceanside police did not immediately release details surrounding Perez's robbery charge.