A parolee who holed up with two children in a South Natomas apartment and engaged in a four-hour standoff with police in 2014 has been convicted by a Sacramento Superior Court jury.
Deon Hampton, 28, was found guilty Friday of evading an officer with willful disregard for the safety of other people and two counts of child abuse, according to Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shelly Orio.
Hampton, whom authorities said is a known member of the Oak Park Bloods gang, was on parole Oct. 1, 2014, when he was seen getting into a car with his 9-year-old son and his girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter. A police officer in a marked patrol car attempted to stop Hampton in his vehicle, but Hampton fled. Hampton sped through heavy commuter traffic and ran a stop sign at a busy intersection, nearly colliding with two vehicles, authorities said.
Law enforcement task force members went to Hampton’s apartment near Azevedo Drive and West El Camino Avenue and saw him run into the apartment with the two children. Hampton refused to come out of the apartment, resulting in the standoff with SWAT officers while the children were inside. Hampton eventually surrendered.
A subsequent search of the apartment revealed two loaded firearm magazines, authorities said.
Hampton has a prior 2009 strike conviction under California’s “three strikes” law for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, with a gang enhancement, and a 2007 conviction for carrying an unregistered concealed firearm.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 11 by Superior Court Judge Steve White.