Suspected burglar arrested after standoff

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A man who allegedly broke into a neighbor’s home was arrested Tuesday following an hour-long standoff.

LEMON GROVE, Calif. — A 57-year-old man allegedly broke into a neighbor’s home Tuesday and was arrested following an hour-long standoff.

The break-in was reported about 9 a.m. at a home in the 1600 block of Colfax Drive, sheriff’s Sgt Steve Bodine said.

“A report came in of a man known to the owner who had broken a window to get in,” Bodine said. “Deputies responded, as well as a canine brought in from Chula Vista.”

Arriving deputies spotted the suspect running into the house, and “numerous attempts were made to contact the subject and get him to peacefully surrender, sheriff’s Sgt. Zeath Sanchez said.

Meanwhile, he said, deputies “were able to contact the owner of the residence, who was away on vacation. The owner verified no one was supposed to be in the home.”

The suspect — identified by KGTV 10News as a resident of a home across the street — refused to come out. After about an hour, deputies entered the residence with a police dog, and the suspect was bitten while being taken into custody, sheriff’s officials said.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital for treatment and was expected to be booked on suspicion of vandalism and burglary.

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