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Wrench-Wielding Man Threw Vacuum, Knives at Officers: Police

Officers tried to negotiate with the man, but he refused to give up, police said.

A Pomona man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly breaking into an apartment, damaging a resident's property, and hitting an officer with a wrench, police said.

The incident occurred about 1:25 a.m. in the 700 block of East Third Street, the Pomona Police Department reported. The 26-year-old man was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, police said.

Officers went to the location on a call "regarding a suspect (who) had forced his way inside an apartment and began destroying the occupant's furnishings," a police statement said.

"Upon arrival, the officers encountered the highly agitated and violent suspect hold up inside the apartment," police said. "All other occupants had escaped. The suspect threw numerous items toward officers positioned outside the apartment."

"Those items included a vacuum cleaner, glass cups, tools, sticks and knives," police said. "He shattered all the windows to that apartment as well. The suspect was bloody from self-sustained injuries prior to police arriving on scene."

Officers tried to negotiate with the man, but he refused to give up, police said.

"The suspect was possibly under the influence of narcotics and experiencing a mental health crisis," police said. "Fortunately, a tactical response was executed and the suspect was taken in to custody without being injured.

"One officer was struck on the head by the wrench-wielding suspect, but the officer's protective helmet spared him from being injured," police said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation and treatment of his injuries, police said. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at 909-620-2085.

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