FAIRFIELD — A Santa Barbara Way resident returned home from shopping Tuesday afternoon to find Fairfield police and Solano County sheriff’s deputies surrounding her house, trying to coax a 22-year-old wanted felony suspect out of her attic after he had broken into her house during a foot chase and tried hiding there.
“That’s my house,” was the stunned 62-year-old woman’s first comment on realizing which house the police were surrounding.
She added later that she was glad she was not at home when the man broke in.
It took more than two hours to get David Anthony McDaniels of Suisun City out of the attic of the single-story home while the 62-year-old woman, who declined to be identified, waited in her car a block away.
The standoff started at 1:45 p.m. when detectives from the Solano County Sheriff’s Enforcement Team tried to contact McDaniels on the 200 block of East Tabor Avenue. McDaniels was wanted for a felony warrant, domestic violence and probation violations.
McDaniels fled, jumping fences into backyards along Santa Barbara Way before breaking into the woman’s house via a sliding glass door in the back and slithering into her attic.
Police broke through the front door, searched the house and found McDaniels, who refused to come out of the attic. They removed the woman’s small dog before firing pepper balls into the attic. Once they put a camera into the attic and showed McDaniels that the police could see him, the man surrendered.
McDaniels was turned over to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team. He was booked into Solano County jail and faces new allegations of felony burglary.
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