A Westwood man is facing charges after allegedly forcing his way into a residence and barricading himself in a a pantry.
Ryan Bauer, 34, of Westwood, faces felony charges of robbery, vandalism, burglary, false imprisonment, resisting an executive officer and a violation of parole.
According to a statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, at about 12:21 a.m. Monday, May 17, Lassen County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on 9th Street in Westwood. Several calls came in to dispatch reporting there was a male subject yelling in the area. During their response, deputies learned the male subject allegedly attempted to break into a residence, but was scared off by the homeowner.
The male subject fled and forced entry into a nearby residence where a family of four resided, the statement read. When deputies arrived on scene, the homeowner stated he had been in a physical altercation with the male subject, later identified as a Bauer. The homeowner stated his two young children were still in the residence.
Deputies entered the residence and contacted Bauer who barricaded himself in a pantry blocking it with a couch. Bauer allegedly damaged the interior of the residence by destroying numerous items of furniture. Two California Highway Patrol officers and a Plumas County deputy arrived on scene to assist. A Lassen County Sheriff’s sergeant and a CHP officer were able to remove the two children from the residence safely.
After safely removing the children from the residence, deputies and officers were able to take Bauer into custody after a short standoff.
“He was erratic and extremely combative with deputies and officers and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Bauer was transported to Banner Lassen Medical Center where he continued to be combative towards officers and hospital staff. He was eventually flown to a hospital in Reno, Nevada, for further monitoring,” the statement read.
Upon his release from the hospital, Bauer will be booked into the Lassen County Jail on felony charges of robbery, vandalism, burglary, false imprisonment, resisting an executive officer and a violation of parole. He will be held in custody without bail.
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office thanks the California Highway Patrol, Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire, Westwood Fire and SEMSA for their assistance in this incident.