SALINAS, Calif- A three hour long standoff ends peacefully Wednesday night. Salinas police surrounded a house on Yale Circle and Pennsylvania Drive.
Salinas Police Commander Dan Perez says 25-year-old Julio Rodarte from Greenfield is a wanted parolee. State Parole was in the area because Rodarte walked away from a treatment facility in San Jose Tuesday night and officials learned he was in Salinas at a relatives home off Yale Circle. When State Parole contacted Rodarte, he ran inside a family members home.
State Parole asked Salinas Police for assistance. Police had to evacuate neighbors. After several hours Rodarte came out the front of the house. Police handcuffed him and booked him to the Monterey County Jail for parole violation and delaying officers. After Rodarte surrendered, about 7 officers stormed the home with guns to make a sweep. No one was injured.
A neighbor told me he helped police end this tense standoff on Yale Circle. Officers knocked on Alex Parra's door during the event to take a look inside his home. The house police surrounded was the same model as Parra's home.
"They went through everything, through all the rooms to see where the guy could be hiding so they know where to go," says Alex Parra.
When officers made contact with Julio Rodarte, he ran inside his family home; that's when the 4 hour long standoff began.
"I heard sirens. It sounded really close. I just looked out the window and everyone was standing here on my lawn and I just go in my back yard just to see a bunch of cops there," says Parra.
Salinas Police Commander Dan Perez said it was a serious situation.
"He does have some violence in his background and obviously once this incident occurred, the family members were concerned as well so we had to try to resolve this," says Commander Perez.