A distraught man armed with kitchen knives who barricaded himself in the laundry room of a residence was safely taken into custody, police said Sunday.

At around noon Saturday, Riverside City police officers were dispatched to the 3900 block of Witt Avenue.

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There relatives of the man told authorities that he had been walking around the house holding two kitchen knives, “saying that people were coming after him and making threatening comments,” according to police.

Police evacuated all the occupants of the residence, including a bedridden and disabled elderly woman.

Officers and family members attempted to convince the man to come out of the laundry room to no avail, police said.

A police negotiator was sent to the scene and spoke to the barricaded man. After a few hours, the man emerged and officers were able to take him into custody without the use of any “force options,” according to police.

The man was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

–City News Service

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