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CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / RIVERSIDE

Man arrested after standoff

November 20, 2008|Jean Merl

A man was in custody after a 4 1/2-hour standoff with Riverside Police Department officers early Wednesday.

Authorities said the incident began when Bobby Clint Pankratz, 49, allegedly threatened his landlord with a knife about 5 a.m. The landlord, who rents a small trailer behind his house to Pankratz, called police. Pankratz retreated to his trailer and refused to come out until 10:45 a.m., police said. They used pepper gas to persuade him to surrender.

Police said they found a knife inside the trailer and took Pankratz to the Riverside County Emergency Treatment Services facility for evaluation before booking him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

-- Jean Merl

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