A 39-year-old man who allegedly threatened Palm Springs police with a knife and then attempted to run officers over with a car during an hour-long standoff remains behind bars Friday.
Robert Mendoza was detained around 10:30 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest stemming from standoff with police that began two hours before at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Rose Parks Road in Palm Springs, police said.
Officers initially responded to the scene in reference to a “disturbance in a vehicle.” Although police did not clarify what the disturbance was, they detailed the 75-minute standoff with Mendoza before his arrest.
“As officers contacted Mendoza, he threatened the officers while holding a knife,” according to police. “Mendoza then reversed his vehicle and attempted to strike the officers with the vehicle. Officers were then able to surround Mendoza’s vehicle and prevent him from escaping.”
After an hour of negotiations with police, Mendoza surrendered and was taken into custody without any further issues.
Neither Mendoza or any officers were injured at the scene.
The suspect was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on $30,000 bail, jail records showed.
Mendoza is expected in court on April 30.
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