SAN DIEGO — A woman was found dead inside a hotel room in the Del Cerro neighborhood where a man barricaded himself for hours on Friday, authorities said.
Around 10:49 a.m., the San Diego Police Department received a call about a man refusing to pay his bill and arguing with the hotel manager at Days Inn by Wyndham Mission Valley Qualcomm Stadium/SDSU. The man then went back to his room and barricaded himself, police said.
Authorities made several attempts to contact the man who was believed to be armed. At one point, the suspect threw a police robot off of the balcony after he was given a cigarette by the machine, per SDPD.
Ultimately, the SWAT officers used less than lethal rounds fired into the hotel room and then sent a K-9 named Hondo, who was stabbed several times by the suspect, authorities said.
Fortunately, the dog’s protective vest deflected all but one of the stab wounds, SDPD said. The police dog is expected to live. Hondo has been injured in the past on two separate occasions.
Several officers from the SWAT team were eventually able to subdue the suspect and take the
knife from him. SDPD said one officer sustained minor injuries from that confrontation, and the suspect was not injured.
Once officers took the suspect into custody and cleared the hotel room, they found a deceased woman in the hotel room. Homicide detectives were called to the scene and are currently investigating the incident.
SDPD says it’s still early in the investigation and little is known about the circumstances leading up to the woman’s death. However, authorities say it appears the victim suffered multiple stab wounds and other injuries that will be confirmed upon further examination by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Detectives have learned the suspect, now identified as 28-year-old Owerrie Davon Bacon Jr. of San Bernardino, has been staying at the hotel for the past several days. Police say he has been the subject of at least two previous radio calls about him refusing to leave.
Detectives are still in the process of confirming what the relationship was between the victim and the suspect. Police say the deceased woman has been identified but her name is being withheld pending family notifications. She’s described to be 28-year-old.
Bacon was booked into San Diego County Jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assaulting a police service dog with a deadly weapon.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Homicide Unit at
(619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
FOX 5’s Jaime Chambers and Amber Coakley contributed to this story.