RED BLUFF, Calif. - One Red Bluff hotel was evacuated during an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday, July 11, 2020. One arrest was made, said police, who also stated that a firearm used by the suspect turned out to be fake.
Police responded to the Motel 6 on Williams Avenue at 4:50 in the morning. They had received a report that a woman was yelling outside of the motel for the return of her children.
The responding Red Bluff Police officers said they determined the woman was the victim of domestic violence. After speaking with her they moved across the street to the Comfort Inn on Sale Lane to contact suspect Christian Sandoval-Perez.
Officers said they heard someone yelling for help at the Comfort Inn when they arrived. They said when they got to the second floor they were "confronted" by Sandoval-Perez in the hallway. He was armed with a handgun, according to the officers, who said he was holding the gun while they were attempted to get him to disarm and surrender. The occupants of the Comfort Inn were evacuated during the hour and fifteen-minute negotiation.
Sandoval-Perez was safely taken into custody after he dropped the weapon, which was determined to be an imitation firearm, said a Red Bluff Police Department spokesperson.
Sandoval-Perez was arrested and booked on charges of felony domestic battery, felony child abuse, false imprisonment, and resisting or delaying arrest.
Police Sergeant Murgia sent a photograph of the fake gun and a similar-looking real gun, to show how similar they looked to officers during the incident. That photograph is posted below.