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Suspect breaks into apartment, sets up barricade

A Turlock man was charged with a multitude of offenses after breaking into an apartment Sunday night and then barricading himself inside it with a knife.

The suspect was identified as Seth Mitchell, 28.

The incident began at 3:48 p.m. Sunday at an apartment in the 3500 block of Crowell Road.

The initial call reported that a man, later identified as Mitchell, broke into the apartment by breaking out a front window. The first call was followed by several more calls reporting that the man was armed with a knife, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

"The victim, who resides at the apartment, then called in reporting the subject, Seth Mitchell, 28 years, forced entry into his apartment and no one else was inside," Parmley said.

Mitchell had a confirmed warrant out of the Turlock Police Department for resisting. 

Officers tried to end the situation by gaining access into the apartment with a key, only to discover that Mitchell had barricaded the door.

The responding officers were eventually able to break through the barricade and enter the apartment. They saw that Mitchell was armed with a knife and they ordered him to drop it and comply with their orders. Mitchell refused and ran to a bedroom. He would not listen as officers tried to negotiate with him, Parmley said.

"Seth was eventually taken into custody after a tactical plan was formulated and officers were deployed," Parmley said. "Less lethal force options were used to overwhelm Seth and take him into custody without any significant injuries to him or officers."

Mitchell was cleared at an area hospital and was booked into Stanislaus County Jail for resisting, trespass, burglary, vandalism, aggravated assault, making threats to officers and a resisting warrant.

it's unknown why Mitchell broke into the apartment in the first place.