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Grover Beach standoff ends with arrest of man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon

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A six-hour standoff in Grover Beach ended early Sunday morning after a man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon was arrested, according to a news release from the Grover Beach Police Department.

At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office authorities asked Grover Beach police to find a man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon who may have fled to a home in Grover Beach, according to the release.

Officers found the man’s car outside a home in the 1400 block of Atlantic City Avenue, and confirmed that the man was inside the home, according to the release.

Police said the man, who officers believed had a firearm, did not follow the officers’ commands to leave the home, even after the other occupants exited.

Authorities established a perimeter around the home and evacuated nearby residences, according to the release. Officials from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the Arroyo Grande Police Department and California State Parks also assisted, according to the release.

The San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT team was also called to help, “given the reported dangerous acts committed by the suspect in Santa Barbara County and the knowledge that he was suspected of being armed with a firearm,” police said.

Authorities were able to take the man into custody “without incident” at about 4 a.m., police said. The man, identified as 32-year-old Michael Paul Aldaco of Santa Maria, was turned over to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in Orcutt at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Aldaco allegedly brandished a firearm, forcibly entered a woman’s home, vandalized her home and prevented her from leaving, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials also said Aldaco “restrained the victim to a chair and threatened to cause serious bodily harm to her,” according to the release. The woman was able to get free and call law enforcement for help, police said.

Aldaco fled in his car, and Grover Beach Police later found him in their city, according to the release.

Following the overnight standoff, Aldaco was taken to the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, spousal abuse, making criminal threats, kidnapping and false imprisonment, according to the release. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with additional information from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, June 24.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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