Clovis News

Wanted felon arrested after Clovis standoff

Clovis police arrested a wanted felon Saturday following a five-hour standoff that started after the man nicked a neighbor with a knife.

Angel Aguilera, 47, who was wanted on a $500,000 warrant for burglary, barricaded himself in his home on the 2400 block of Woodworth Avenue near Santa Ana Avenue shortly after 1 p.m., police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said.

The neighborhood is southwest of Sierra Vista Mall.

The victim told officers that Aguilera attacked him with a knife and a wooden dowel. The man did not go to the hospital for treatment.

After the confrontation, Aguilera went into his house, came back out and poured gasoline on the porch, Stoll-Lee said. He later set fires inside, police said.

Police closed off Woodworth and Santa Ana avenues between DeWitt and Clovis avenues.

Neighbors living around the house were asked to voluntarily evacuate, Stoll-Lee said.

About 5:30 p.m., police lobbed tear gas into the house. Aguilera was arrested a short time later for the warrant and on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Paramedics took him to Community Regional Medical Center for observation.