Modesto police arrest man after three-hour standoff

July 25, 2011 

— Modesto police arrested a man holed up in an airport neighborhood house for three hours Monday morning after he allegedly held his girlfriend against her will overnight, authorities said.

Officer Scott Nelson said police received a call about 9:10 a.m. from a woman who said she escaped from the home in Hillside Drive just east of South Santa Cruz Avenue.

She was able to get out when a friend showed up and they were able to distract her captor. She went to a neighbor and called police.

She said he held her at gunpoint and physically abused her.

When officers arrived at the house a short while later, they spotted Rocky Overturf, 50, of Modesto, in the front yard. Overturf ran inside and refused to surrender.

There was nobody else in the home, Nelson said.

Police surrounded the home, evacuated nearby houses and called in the Stanislaus County SWAT units.

Nelson said officers had phone conversations with Overturf and also used a PA system to communicate with him.

Just after noon, officers spotted Overturf crawling along the side yard. He was taken into custody without incident.

Overturf was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of domestic violence, false imprisonment and making a felony terrorist threat or threats.

Police continued to search the home for a firearm, Nelson said.

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