An Anaheim man accused of pistol-whipping and attempting to rob a pizza delivery driver before holing up in a Santa Ana family’s home was taken into custody Wednesday following a lengthy standoff.
Police who responded about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to reports that a Pizza Hut delivery driver was the victim of an attempted robbery, carjacking and assault spotted the suspect running from a Chevron gas station at 3301 S. Bristol St., according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Ralph Marin, 26, was allegedly attempting to get into the victim’s car when the driver spotted a squad car and called out for help, which prompted the suspect to run away, Bertagna said.
Officers chased after the suspect on foot, but lost sight of him. A short time later, a homeowner in the 3200 block of South Thornton Street, near Bear Street, told police an armed man had gotten into his home and his family was still inside, Bertagna said.
The resident instructed his wife, daughter and grandchild to go upstairs and lock themselves in a room, which they did, Bertagna said. Officers arriving on the scene got the man out of the home and then later were able to bring the two women and 8-year-old girl to safety, he said.
Marin, meanwhile, hid inside the house, wrapped in fiberglass in a storage space, Bertagna said.
Police threw a phone into the home in the hopes of establishing communication with the suspect, but were unable to reach him, he said. A robot was also sent in to review the interior.
A flash-bang grenade was tossed inside before SWAT officers entered the home and used a police dog to sniff out where the suspect hiding, Bertagna said.
Marin was taken into custody about 6:30 a.m. and taken to an area hospital to be treated for dog bites, he said.
The pizza delivery driver, whose name was not releaed, was treated at an area hospital and released, Bertagna said.
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