When a Sebastopol man locked himself in his house after a family dispute Wednesday and ignored commands to surrender, police there decided a forced entry might “incite a violent response.”
Instead, the officers left. However, they returned with an arrest warrant about four hours later. With the help of another resident of the Juniper Avenue home, they gained entry and arrested Alexander Moser without incident.
Police responded shortly before 1 p.m. to the home after a resident there reported that her grandson, Moser, was making threats to kill his brother, according to a Sebastopol Police news release. Officers later learned that Moser, 33, was on probation after a conviction for causing injury while driving under the influence.
Upon arrival, police saw Moser sitting on the home’s front porch and ordered him to remain. Instead, he fled into the house, locked the door and refused commands to surrender, police said.
“Based on the nature of the violations and the high likelihood that Moser could be apprehended at a later time, the decision was made to clear the scene,” Sebastopol police said in a written statement.
Officers later returned with the warrant and arrested Moser on suspicion of resisting arrest and violation of probation. He remained without bail in the Sonoma County Jail on Wednesday night.