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Wanted Man Arrested in Temecula Standoff

Christopher Lyons, 26, allegedly barricaded himself in a home Tuesday on Creative Drive in Temecula before surrendering to police officers.

A man wanted on a felony warrant was taken into custody after a brief standoff Tuesday at a Temecula home, according to police.

Officers went to a home in the 39000 block of Creative Drive at around 10 a.m. Tuesday based on a report that the wanted person, Christopher Lyons, 26, was at the location, Temecula police Sgt. Andy Woods said in a news release.

"The reporting party provided a physical description of the suspect and said that he was known to carry an unknown-type hand gun," Woods said.

After confirming Lyons was wanted on the warrant, Woods said officers set up a perimeter around the home.

Those inside the home, including Lyons, became aware of the police presence when a woman walked out the front door and was detained, Woods said.

At this point, Lyons allegedly tried to escape police by running out a rear sliding door, according to Woods.

"When the suspect spotted perimeter officers, he ran back into the residence and barricaded himself inside," Woods said.

Others still inside the home were called out by police, according to the sergeant.

"A short standoff followed with the suspect refusing to comply with commands to exit," Woods said. "A short time later, the suspect realized the opening to the attic where he intended to hide was too small for him to access and he exited the front door."

Lyons was taken into custody without incident, Woods said, and was booked into Southwest Detention Center for the felony warrant.

He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, sheriff's jail records indicated, and was due in court Thursday in Indio.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was encouraged to contact Sgt. Woods at the Temecula Police Department 951-696-3000.

LBV Collins January 23, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Hmmm... Yup, it's always a good idea to hide in the attic when police know you're in the home. (They'll never think to look up there.)
Brenda January 23, 2013 at 09:02 PM
***snicker*** Yes, they will LBV, they learned to look in attic and basements on "DOG, the bounty Hunter".!! But, seriously, this is sad this guy is 26, hiding on a felony warrant with a house full of people. He didnt realize one would squeel where he was? or 2nd that TPD will always get their man :) Or that he should have never tried to argue letting the people out, not to do a standoff with probably 50 officers there surrounding the house? Its just a shame that someone so young with a lifetime ahead of him is so stupid at 26, and he probably thinks he is the smart one.
john blackwood January 24, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I understand not wanting to go to jail . But than again if you dont have the time dont commit the crime . Most criminals are idiots . When you are talking about the criminal who is just plain stupid . They will almost all the time get caught . the police know how to play the game thay deal with it on a day to day bases . They learn from the criminal . Criminal behavior is the same as it was 100 years ago no different just different times. They say that they are always coming up with new ways to mislead law enforcement . But its the same gimmick . I love to deal with tweakers at work because you almost can read them right off the bat . You know when they lie to you . I am not an law officer but with what I do we run into them all the time . I work in a 24 hr business where peiople always try to scame money . But its always the tweakers . We just 86 them . But there are always new ones to take their place .
K4299R January 25, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Brenda, highly doubt there were 50 officers surrounding thehouse. 2nd, u don't know this guy, u don't know that he is "stupid".... way to be judgmental there. He could be smarter then you just making bad choices.


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