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October 29, 2014: Man Charged After Police Standoff in Santa Fe Springs

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 20-year-old man accused of invading a home, barricading himself inside that resulted in a police standoff, pleaded not guilty today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. 

Paul Barragan (dob 3/20/94) of Norwalk has been charged with six counts: felony vandalism over $400 damage, and five misdemeanor counts that include one count of aggravated trespass, three counts of resist, obstruct, delay of peace officer and one count of under the influence of a controlled substance in case VA137445. 

The charging document also alleges that Barragan was previously convicted of assault in 2010, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and evading an officer in 2013, and receiving stolen property in 2014. 

Prosecutors said in the early morning of Oct. 27, Barragan allegedly entered a Santa Fe Springs home without permission and barricaded himself in a room. 

Authorities were called and ordered Barragan to get out of the house, but he reportedly did not comply. As a result, law enforcement entered the home at which point Barragan tried to flee, prosecutors said. 

After a struggle, Barragan was arrested by police. 

The homeowner later notified authorities there was damage in the home as a result of Barragan barricading himself. 

The defendant is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing setting on Nov. 5 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court  in Norwalk in Department J. 

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in state prison. 

The case is being investigated by the Whittier Police Department.