Atascadero standoff suspect pleads not guilty to multiple charges

An Atascadero man arrested after a 15-hour standoff with authorities last week pleaded not guilty today to seven criminal charges in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Rudolph Charles Muravez II, 45, entered his not guilty plea before Judge Michael Duffy. He’s accused of the following six felonies: assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, spousal abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing an officer from performing a duty, and exhibiting a firearm with the intent to resist arrest. He also faces one misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Police first responded to a house on Dolores Avenue on Atascadero’s eastside at 11:38 p.m. on Thursday after a woman called 9-1-1 to report domestic abuse. The suspect barricaded himself in the house.

Law enforcement negotiators attempted for hours to negotiate the man’s surrender, pairing the talks with other tactics, such as firing tear gas canisters into the house, their loud pops echoing through the neighborhood.

At about 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, the man surrendered without incident after San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies coaxed him from the home.

Muravez is scheduled to appear before Duffy for a pre-preliminary hearing on Dec. 13 and a preliminary hearing on Dec. 15.