Domestic abuser refused to leave victim’s home; arrest ended six-hour standoff

Domestic abuser refused to leave victims home; arrest ended six-hour standoff

A man left a mental facility and barricaded himself in his ex-wife’s house in a standoff with police Wednesday.

According to a press release, the Chico Police Department received an emergency call at 11:42 a.m. from a medical facility that claimed a patient David Arkos, 41, had left after making threats to kill his ex-wife.

Police then received a call from Arkos’ ex-wife, stating that Arkos had broken into her home on Arbutus Ave, violating a domestic violence restraining order. She said Arkos physically assaulted her and threatened her life.

A reverse 911 call was made to nearby residents to remain indoors. When police arrived the victim was able to escape the residence and was moved to a safe location, but Arkos remained inside.

Police were forced to close Arbutus Avenue between 5th and 7th St. and for six hours tried to peacefully convince Arkos to calmly exit the home, according to Sergeant Cameron Kovacs of the Chico Police Department.

“We were exhaustively making attempts to not escalate the situation,” said Sergeant Kovacs. “Ultimately he just stayed inside till we came and got him out.”

After obtaining a search warrant and warrant for arrest SWAT was able to detain Arkos without further altercations, according to the release.

Arkos has been booked into Butte County Jail on charges of burglary, criminal threats, domestic violence and violation of a restraining order.

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