Fugitive coaxed out of standoff

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A fugitive wanted for allegedly trying to kill his estranged wife and a Glendora reserve officer was arrested Tuesday after a 90-minute standoff with police. Frank Fidel Beltran barricaded himself in a house and surrendered about 1 a.m. after talking to relatives and SWAT negotiators, authorities said. The 36-year-old La Verne man was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of firearms. Beltran, who is being held without bail at the Inmate Reception Center, is scheduled to appear Thursday at the West Covina branch Superior Court. A tipster gave police their break. The caller gave information to San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies, who then passed it along to detectives from L.A. Impact, a countywide task force, according to Glendora police Capt. Rob Castro. Police found Beltran at a house in the 7700 block of Center Street in Rancho Cucamonga. He was seen carrying an AK-47 assault rifle at the house, Castro said. They recovered the weapon and 10 magazine rounds. It’s not known yet how long Beltran had been staying at the Rancho Cucamonga house. He had been on the run since February. “We believe associates and relatives were harboring him and giving him financial help,” Castro said. Police suspect others also were giving Beltran weapons. Police said they expect to make more arrests. “Community members and officers from Glendora are relieved that suspect Beltran has been taken into custody and is no longer a threat to our community,” said Glendora police Chief Charles Montoya. Beltran is accused of shooting Officer Casey O’Gorman, 51, in the hand on Feb. 10. O’Gorman, a reserve officer for 25 years, also teaches history and physical education at Schurr High School in Montebello. “I’m glad no other officer got hurt,” O’Gorman said, adding that he was concerned an officer would pull over Beltran and he would come out shooting. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718last_img

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