Crime - Sacto 911

Sacramento police arrest man after seven-hour standoff at apartment

A man suspected of assaulting a woman was taken into custody Wednesday morning after SWAT officers responded to an apartment downtown.

Juan Magana, 36, was taken to a hospital for treatment of police dog bites, before being booked into Sacramento County jail. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, violation of a court order, child endangerment, burglary, resisting arrest and assaulting a police dog.

The man had refused to exit his apartment near Ninth and F streets about a block from the Sacramento Superior Court courthouse for about seven hours. He finally was taken into custody by police around 6 a.m.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to the apartments for a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman. Once they arrived, they found the woman and three children had left the apartment, but the man was still inside.

Officers were told that the man was exhibiting bizarre behavior and had assaulted the woman while she was holding a child, according to Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein. The woman suffered minor injury, but the children were not injured.

Police said Magana was known to law enforcement authorities and has violent criminal history.

Officers tried to enter the apartment but were kept out by Magana, who reportedly kicked the front door shut and barricaded the door.

SWAT officers and police negotiators tried to talk him out, but he would not exit.

Police waited out the situation, although they fired loud distraction devices into the apartment after many hours.

SWAT officers also tried to enter the residence. Magana responded by going through a window into an adjoining apartment, Heinlein said.

Other apartments had been evacuated so no other residents were in harm’s way, Heinlein said. Police said the man did not have a firearm, but was armed with a blunt object, possibly a pipe.

Eventually the man was detained by SWAT officers with a police dog’s assistance. He was found hiding in a closet of the adjoining apartment.

Police said Magana fought the police dog, Brig, injuring the animal.

Brig was taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment, and will remain at home for the next few days while his injury heals, according to police.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews