Home invasion suspect arrested after three-hour standoff with deputies

The red marker indicates the general vicinity in which Saturday morning's standoff occurred. Google maps.

By the Daily Post staff

A man suspected of breaking into a San Carlos home early this morning (Jan. 21) and hitting a resident was arrested by deputies following a three-hour standoff, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Omar Areas, 42, of San Francisco, was booked into San Mateo County Jail around 9 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, residential burglary and domestic violence.

The episode began three hours earlier at about 6 a.m. when a man forced his way into the home in the 300 block of Dartmouth Avenue and attacked another man, wounding him in the head, according to the sheriff.

The victim ran out of the home and called for help, while the intruder – who knew him – stayed inside.

Ambulance paramedics treated the victim for a large laceration to his head.

Meanwhile deputies tried to speak to the suspect, but he barricaded himself inside the home, according to the sheriff. A sheriff’s crisis negotiator and the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team were brought in and attempted to negotiate with the suspect in order to end the standoff peacefully. After about three hours, deputies were able to take the suspect into custody without using force.


    • Let him or her feel the power of being in control and ask questions about what he or she wants to happen and agree to do as directed. Be like an ally NOT adversarial at first.

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