Crime

Man threatens to kill neighbor, barricades himself two blocks away from school, deputies say

Ramiro Garcia, 49, was taken into custody after he threatened to kill his neighbor with a knife and barricaded himself inside his home near an elementary school Friday afternoon in Cutler, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.
Ramiro Garcia, 49, was taken into custody after he threatened to kill his neighbor with a knife and barricaded himself inside his home near an elementary school Friday afternoon in Cutler, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said. Tulare County Sheriff's Office

Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies say a man was arrested after he threatened to kill his neighbor with a knife and then barricaded himself inside his home two blocks from an elementary school Friday afternoon in Cutler.

According to a sheriff’s office report on social media, about a dozen deputies responded to the area of Avenue 404 and Mueller Road near Cutler Elementary School around 2 p.m. for a knife-wielding man barricaded inside his home.

Deputies tried to negotiate with suspect Ramiro Garcia, 49, but he was unresponsive. Authorities say they cut off power to the home and maneuvered a robot inside.

Garcia was located inside and determined to be unarmed. He was taken into custody and is facing charges of felony criminal threats and committing a crime while out on bail from a previous crime.

School officials were notified of the incident and parents were called to pick up their children, the sheriff’s office reported.

Marilyn Castaneda: 559-441-6087, @MarilynCast98
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