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Atascadero standoff suspect has previous charge of resisting arrest

The Atascadero man arrested after a 15-hour standoff with authorities has a previous charge of resisting arrest. Rudolph Charles Muravez II, 45, was arrested Thursday and remains in County Jail without bail on three felony allegations, including assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

He will likely face additional charges, said Sgt. Gregg T. Meyer, spokesman for the Atascadero Police Department.Muravez was scheduled to be in court Monday on a probation violation stemming from a 2009 case involving petty theft. It was unclear Friday if he would still be required to appear in court for that violation.

According to court records, Muravez has a history of misdemeanor charges filed against him in San Luis Obispo County, including violating a restraining order in 2005 and resisting arrest. In 2002, he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Police first responded to the house on Dolores Avenue on Atascadero’s eastside at 11:38 p.m. Wednesday after a woman called 911 to report domestic abuse.

Meyer said police have been called to that house in the past.

The woman and her two children were able to leave the home when authorities arrived, but Muravez refused to leave, Meyer said.

The woman was injured, Meyer said, but he would not elaborate on what type of injuries she had or how she received them. The children were unharmed, he said. Meyer did not give their ages.

Muravez used furniture from the home to barricade himself inside — beginning what would be a standoff with authorities through the night and half of the next day.

The woman told the officers that Muravez had told her he was not going to jail and they would have to kill him, according to authorities.

At one point during the standoff, he brandished an ice pick and later a machete, according to police.

At about 2:20 p.m. Thursday, after hours of negotiations and multiple rounds of tear gas canisters fired into the home, San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies were finally able to coax him from the home.

Atascadero authorities would not say Friday what may have been Muravez’s motivation for the standoff, but they had indicated before that an issue with prescription medication might have been a factor. The results of a toxicology test are pending.

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