Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested in Azusa After Standoff; 2 Children Released: Authorities

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A domestic violence suspect who barricaded himself inside a residence in Azusa, initially with two children inside, was arrested Monday after surrendering, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A man allegedly held two children hostage during a barricade situation in Azusa on July 24, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities responded to the 200 block of Ninth Street around 8:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call regarding a domestic violence situation, authorities said.

When officers arrived, they found an injured female at the scene. She was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, according to Azusa Police Department Officer Mike Bires.

Two children -- a 17-month-old girl and 12-year-old boy -- were also discovered to be inside the residence.

As the barricade continued, SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were brought in to assist. Surrounding homes were also temporarily evacuated by Azusa police "for the safety of residents," a sheriff's news release stated.

Then, around 11 a.m., the two children were released.

“They were immediately taken from the scene by our detectives, back to the Police Department. And as far as I know, they’re being interviewed by the detectives right now," Bires said.

About 90 minutes later, the suspect -- 39-year-old Ricardo Barrios -- exited the home and "peacefully" surrendered. The Azusa resident and was arrested, and the residence was secured.

“Thankfully, due to our crisis negotiators -- they were able to maintain constant communication with him throughout the morning, shortly after the incident began," Bires said.

He added that he had no information on whether the man was armed during the hourslong incident.

Authorities transported the suspect back to the station. He was booked on suspicion of multiple offenses, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Azusa police at 626-812-3200, or leave a tip anonymously by calling "Crime Stoppers" at 800-222-8477.