Domestic violence suspect found hiding in attic during SWAT standoff

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — A Carlsbad man accused of beating up his girlfriend and causing a SWAT standoff was arrested early Saturday morning when a police dog found him hiding in an attic, authorities said.

The standoff began at about 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Juniper Avenue between Carlsbad Boulevard and Garfield Street, Carlsbad police Sgt. Travis Lambert said.

Gabriel Navarro, who was believed to be armed with a shotgun, did not respond to several attempts by the Carlsbad SWAT team and crisis negotiators to contact him through a bullhorn and telephone calls, according to Lambert.

Navarro’s girlfriend had escaped to a neighbor’s house with a cut on her forehead, which she said Navarro caused by slamming her head against a hardwood floor in their home. The woman, who was not identified by police, was treated at a local hospital and released, Lambert said.

Hours later, police searched the house, where the police dog found Navarro hiding in the attic. Navarro was taken into custody with the help of the K-9, treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries, then booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of domestic battery, Lambert said.