A man accused of beating a 60-year-old woman with a bat, leaving her with life-threatening injuries, was arrested after a brief but dramatic standoff in Logan Heights Tuesday morning, San Diego police said.
The victim and the suspect, who are acquaintances, got into a fight inside the woman’s mother’s home near 33rd and Gillette streets about 10:30 a.m., police Officer Dino Delimitros said.
During the altercation, the 40-year-old man attacked the woman with pepper spray and then a bat, hitting her at least once in the head.
A passerby called 911 after spotting the victim bleeding from the face and calling for help in front of the home, police said. Shortly after, the victim also called 911.
When arriving officers tried to get the man to come outside, he turned on gas in the house and threatened to blow himself up, Delimitros said.
Officers surrounded the house soon after and, once the gas was turned off, entered the home through a back door, prompting the man to run out the front. He was quickly taken into custody by officers waiting in the street.
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