Suspected burglar barricades himself in Fallbrook mobile home, prompts SWAT standoff

Posted at 6:01 AM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 12:06:37-04

FALLBROOK, Calif. (KGTV) - A man wanted in a burglary case barricaded himself inside his Fallbrook mobile home early Wednesday morning, prompting a standoff that ended hours later with his arrest.

San Diego County sheriff’s officials said deputies responded to a burglary report in which the suspect -- later identified as 28-year-old Walter Wilches -- fled to a mobile home park in the 1400 block of Alturas Road.

According to sheriff’s officials, a resident came home, saw someone leaving his property in his car and then followed the suspect to the mobile home park.

When deputies tried to make contact with Wilches, officials said he “drove his vehicle at two deputies, causing both of them to quickly move in order to avoid being struck.”

The deputies were uninjured.

Wilches fled to his mobile home unit and locked himself inside. At least three people and some pets from inside the unit were forced to flee as a SWAT unit arrived at the scene.

Over the next five hours, SWAT officers attempted to get Wilches to surrender. Officers also shot at the home with rubber bullets and tossed pepper grenades inside to get him to come out.

Shortly after 5 a.m., SWAT officers took Wilches into custody without further incident.

Wilches will be booked into Vista jail for assault on a peace officer, sheriff’s officials said.