KEYES -- The Stanislaus County sheriff's SWAT team used tear gas to apprehend a wanted parolee who was holed up inside a mobile home for about four hours Thursday, refusing to come out or speak to negotiators on a phone.
Paul Parmley, 35, of Turlock, was arrested on suspicion of violating parole and felony evading police, said deputy Luke Schwartz, a sheriff's spokesman.
He said the evasion charge stemmed from a vehicle pursuit, where Parmley escaped authorities in Stanislaus County prior to Thursday's standoff.
Merced County authorities were also at the scene in Keyes because Parmley is considered a suspect in a string of burglaries in the Merced area. Schwartz said Parmley could face additional charges.
No shots were fired and no injuries were reported during the standoff.
The incident began about 10:15 a.m. Thursday, when patrol deputies and investigators from the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force approached a house in the 5400 block of Eighth Street, between Lucinda and Lizzie avenues.
Schwartz said authorities received information Parmley might be hiding from law enforcement at the home. It was unclear whether Parmley had relatives who lived at the home.
As the deputies and the investigators approached the home, they spotted Parmley running into the back yard and getting inside the mobile home.
The possibility of Parmley being armed forced the authorities to step back and secure a perimeter around the mobile home. They also evacuated a few people who remained inside the house, along with a few homes directly adjacent to the house.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team then arrived and surrounded the mobile home, while other sheriff's officials closed the block.
Schwartz said students from nearby Keyes Elementary School were taken to the Keyes Fire Department on Seventh Street and Maud Avenue, where parents picked them up. The children were moved as a precaution.
Nobody else was inside the mobile home with Parmley. Authorities used a loudspeaker to ask Parmley to surrender, but he stayed inside.
Authorities then threw in a phone, so Parmley could speak with negotiators, but he refused to talk.
About 2:15 p.m., the SWAT team launched tear gas into the mobile home through two windows before entering and taking Parmley into custody.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes by 2:45 p.m. Nobody else was taken into custody.
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