Bizarre end to a standoff in Central Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.

Police said members of the Violent Crime Impact Team had been trying to take 27-year-old /*David Sanchez*/ into custody for several days on warrants for felony domestic violence. Wednesday morning they went to a home in the area of Palm and Dennett, where officers saw Sanchez running away. He ended up hiding in another home's attic. "He came in through the back door, jumped the fence, trying to get away from officers," said resident Dave Clark.

Clark gave officers access to the home, where they could hear shuffling coming from above. They tried to make contact while a helicopter circled overhead but it was a police dog that did all the convincing. "At one point we put the canine up near the attic opening. The dog barked and at that point David decided it would be better for him to make himself known to officers and surrender," said Lt. Burke Farrah with the Fresno Police Department.

Sanchez crawled through an air vent and then used a police ladder to get down from the roof. Clark said Sanchez lives in the neighborhood and had occasionally come by to use the phone. He said Sanchez had always been pleasant, so what happened Wednesday was completely unexpected. "One of the worst things you can do is try and evade police. Watch 'COPS!'" said Clark.

Sanchez suffered some cuts while he climbing through the vent, so he was taken away in an ambulance. Police said the next stop would be the Fresno County Jail.

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