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Man arrested after break-in, standoff at Lemon Grove home

Posted at 11:22 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 20:16:34-05

LEMON GROVE, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man suspected of breaking into a home in Lemon Grove was taken into custody following a standoff with sheriff’s deputies Tuesday.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials said deputies responded to a reported break-in at a home in the 1600 block of Colfax Drive at around 9 a.m.

Family members were sleeping in a back house when they said they heard someone pounding on their door and enter the home, possibly after breaking a window.

” I heard a very bad noise,somebody knock the door of my house, they tell us we have to get out of the house because someone was in the house; we were so scared," said Gabby Gastelum.

Deputies arrived and tried to get the man out of the house but he refused.

After about an hour, deputies and a K-9 entered the home and were able to subdue the man and take him into custody. 10News learned he faces vandalism and burglary charges.

The 57-year-old man, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital after being bitten by the K-9.

Gastelum said the man behind the break-in lives in the home across the street.

"I was surprised because we never think that was him. When I saw him I was very upset; I don’t know why he had to get in the house," said Gastelum.

She said she has tried to help him in the past. Sheriff's deputies say they have a history with the man including an incident last summer when there was a fire at the man's house.

"Last time he tried to burn the house , his house, and the police they took him to jail I guess," said Gastelum.

The family members in the home were not hurt.