Police picked a front door lock, surprising a domestic violence suspect, and rescued his two children after a 2 1/2-hour standoff in Tustin, authorities said Tuesday.
The suspect, a man in his 30s, had earlier assaulted his wife, causing contusions and moderate injuries, Tustin Police Department Sgt. Sean Quinn said.
The suspect then barricaded himself with his two children, ages 10 and 5, in a rear bedroom of the apartment in the 600 block of West Main Street, around 8:25 p.m. Monday, Quinn said.
Quinn said three officers and a sergeant opened the locked front door of the residence, quietly entered and hid, waiting for the suspect to exit the bedroom alone.
The suspect was arrested without incident, and was booked for domestic violence, with the possibility of a further booking for child abuse or neglect, Quinn said.
—City News Service