SWAT arrest man for drugs, weapons violations

Posted at 9:44 AM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 12:44:44-05

San Diego police SWAT officers arrested one man for alleged weapons violations and narcotics possession at a hotel in Mission Valley where officers had previously encountered two aggressive pit bulls and a man with a gun, a police officer said Saturday.

The action at Candlewood Suites at 1335 Hotel Circle South took place about 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to San Diego police Officer Robert Heims.

Non-SWAT officers had initially responded to the location because of a stabbing call, Heims said. Once there, the officers were told by staff members there were two aggressive pit bulls inside the hotel room. They also saw a man with a gun leave the room.

Officers also encountered a man and a woman who told them there might be another man there who was wanted by police, Heims said. Officers tried to contact this possible third person but got no response. Because of the potential danger in the situation, SWAT was called to the scene.

SWAT officers eventually entered the building but couldn’t find a third person.  They recovered two rifles and arrested 26-year-old Mason Hines for the alleged weapons and narcotics violations. Hines was still being booked early Saturday morning, according to San Diego County jail records.

The pit bulls were not injured by police.