FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Mike Loarie, 760-839-4487 or Lt. Chris Wynn 760-839-4700
On February 9, 2012, at approximately 1:07 PM, the Escondido Police Department Communications Center received emergency call regarding a female being held against her will in an apartment located in the 1300 Block of East Grand Avenue. The female reported that a male subject had entered her residence and was armed with a knife. Several officers responded to the address and attempted to make contact with the apartment.
While communicating with the victim via telephone, officers directly outside the apartment could hear the suspect threatening the victim and could hear the victim in distress. Officers made the decision to enter the apartment and apprehend the suspect before any harm could come to the victim.
The suspect was taken into custody at 1:47 PM by officers and detectives from Escondido PD. Although in close proximity to the address on Oakhill Drive, this incident was not connected in any way to the ongoing SWAT incident.
The suspect was identified as Jose Alfredo Sanchez Balderas, 20 years old, of Escondido. He was taken to the Escondido Police Department for processing. He is being charged with PC 236, False Imprisonment and PC 422, Criminal Threats. At this time, the motive for this crime is unknown.
This incident is being investigated by the Escondido Police Department’s Family Protection Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Michelle Mayfield at (760) 839-4926.
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