El Centro Police Invest Hours Nabbing Armed Suspect

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EL CENTRO – Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 6:27 a.m., officers from the El Centro Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of north 18th Street in reference to a male subject with a knife.

The caller said Armando Padilla, a 51 year old resident of El Centro, had threatened to stab him over a family argument. Padilla began throwing objects around the house and the caller was able to retreat to safety. Officers arrived on scene within a matter of minutes and learned that Padilla had barricaded himself in his bedroom and still had a knife.

Officers worked to establish a rapport with Padilla and trained negotiators from ECPD’s Crisis Response Unit responded to the scene. Over the course of several hours negotiators worked to calm Padilla and have him surrender safely. Padilla refused to do so and threatened to kill anyone who entered his room. ECPD’s Special Weapons And Tactics team (SWAT) was activated as a precautionary measure and responded to the scene as negotiators continued to speak with Padilla in hopes he would surrender.

After approximately three hours of attempting to negotiate for Padilla’s surrender, SWAT deployed chemical agents in an attempt to safely force Padilla out of the room. SWAT officers ultimately broke out the windows to Padilla’s bedroom to gain a better view. Padilla complied with verbal commands and placed his hands on his head. He was taken into custody without further incident. Padilla later told officers he was “not going to fight with the dog (police K-9).” Padilla is being processed and will be booked at the Imperial County jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon and resisting and obstructing law enforcement.