El Dorado sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects early Sunday morning after one had barricaded himself inside a residence for five hours, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began around 8 p.m. Saturday night when deputies responded to a multiperson fight on Toyan Drive in Diamond Springs. Several people had come to the house and attacked the victim, who sustained a stab wound, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. The victim told deputies two suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle.
The suspects – Anthony Marquez, 24, and Richard Almeda, 23 – were quickly found in a residence on Matrix Court in Diamond Springs. Both disobeyed orders to leave the residence at first, but Marquez exited after a short negotiation and before SWAT arrived, the press release said.
A post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at 12:35 a.m. said SWAT and crisis negotiators were on their way. At 1:45 a.m., the post was updated to say the teams were on-site and working on a “peaceful outcome.”
Five hours after first contact, Almeda left the residence at 3:30 a.m., the release said. He was taken into custody and both suspects were booked for assault with a deadly weapon. The stabbing victim is recovering.