LANCASTER – An overnight standoff ended Tuesday morning when a Sheriff’s Special Weapon’s Team deployed tear gas into a Lancaster home to flush out a robbery suspect.
Probationer Marcos Castillo was arrested for strong arm robbery and brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner, according to Lt. Wainie of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The standoff stemmed from a robbery that occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday in the 44600 block of 3rd Street East in Lancaster. A victim told deputies Castillo stole an iPhone, Wainie said.
When deputies left the scene, Castillo returned and threatened the victim, Wainie said.
“He went back over there, started brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner, trying to get the victims to come out of the house,” Wainie said.
By the time deputies returned to the scene, Castillo was holed up in a home located a few doors down from the victim, Wainie said, adding that Castillo did not live at the home but knew the tenants.
“Announcements were made but he refused to come out, and at that time it became a barricade [situation] and a special weapons team was called,” Wainie said.
The Sheriff’s Special Weapon’s Team responded around 3:41 a.m., officials said.
“At approximately 7 a.m., when team members introduced chemical agents into the residence, the suspect exited the home and surrendered without incident. A weapon was not recovered,” stated Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
Castillo was booked at the Lancaster Station jail on $50,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records. He is due in court Thursday to face charges.