LANCASTER – A suspect was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly beat a gardener and then barricaded himself in a stranger’s Lancaster home for more than two hours, authorities said.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken into custody with the help of a police dog just before 9 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Indian Stage Road, according to Deputy Kit Gruppie of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Before the standoff and arrest, the suspect had been arguing with his sister at her home, Gruppie said, and then the suspect left the home by car and crashed into a parked vehicle a short distance away.
“Upon colliding with the parked vehicle, he exited the vehicle and had some sort of verbal altercation with a gardener who was doing work approximately two houses to the east of where he had the altercation with his sister,” Gruppie said. “From there, he chased the victim into a residence and began to beat him while he was inside of an unknown person’s house. He beat him to the point where it caused great bodily injury. He then dragged the victim out of the house and continued to beat him in the front yard,” Gruppie continued.
When deputies responded around 6 p.m., the suspect fled back into the residence, which was occupied by two elderly women, Gruppie said.
“Deputies did a great job of responding in a short time frame [and] contained the residence. The ladies exited the house without any bodily harm,” Gruppie said.
The suspect was eventually flushed out of the home, after a sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau team arrived and deployed their dog.
The gardener was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital to be treated for his injuries, Gruppie said.
UPDATE: The suspect is 33-year-old Darrold Hunter of Texas, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.