Man arrested after barricading himself into room in Madera County

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Gang operation detectives tracked down Alejandro Chavarria Saturday afternoon at the Yosemite Mountain Trail Lodge.

Officials say when they approached Chavarria to take him into custody, he fled back into his hotel room and barricaded himself inside.


He dropped a backpack before getting into the room and a loaded handgun was found inside.

"Alejandro has a very violent history, he is a validated Mendota Bulldog with a violent history to include weapon offenses," says Fresno Police Lt. Tim Tietjen.

Madera County deputies set up a perimeter around the building and C-H-P officers blocked off roads.


Madera County SWAT arrived on scene and began negotiating with Chavarria where eventually, he came out of his room and surrendered to authorities.

After he was taken into custody, a search was conducted on his vehicle and two AR-15's were found on top of the handgun in his backpack.
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