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Fairfield police respond Monday to the area of Hilborn Road and Glenwood Drive, in Fairfield, for a man who allegedly pulled a gun on construction workers near his house. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Police suspect man pulled gun on construction workers

By From page A4 | May 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man faces felony allegations after he allegedly threatened constructions workers with a gun, then retreated into his home to launch a 90-minute standoff.

James Cranford, 71, is suspected of threatening two construction workers with their own iron jack hammer chisel and with a handgun.

A crew from Irish Construction Co. was working on the sidewalk in front of Cranford’s house on the corner of Hilborn Road and Glenwood Drive when he came outside at approximately 10 a.m. and yelled at them, crew members said.

“He was cussing us out,” construction worker Luis Pelayo said. “He wanted us to move our truck from in front of his driveway.”

Workers were doing work on the local cable connections for AT&T beneath the sidewalk when they said the man came outside. Pelayo said AT&T and the city sent letters out ahead of time to inform homeowners that they would be working on the cables for the neighborhood.

“We were just trying to get stuff done,” Pelayo said. “We were working on the cable.”

Pelayo said Cranford went back inside the home and came out on the front steps and pointed a gun at them. Cranford then went back inside and came out of his garage, which was open, and pointed the gun again, Pelayo said.

Workers retreated to their truck and called police. Officers soon arrived and began calling the house to talk to Cranford, who came out about 90 minutes later and was taken into custody.

“We got him to come out peacefully,” said Fairfield police Lt. Randy Fenn. “Luckily this was a call that was de-escalated quickly without anyone getting hurt.”

Cranford was booked at the Solano County jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and assault with deadly weapon, police said.

His neighbor, Gary DeVaughn, said he has known Cranford for years as a casual acquaintance and was shocked to see him in the back of the police cruiser.

“I didn’t know him very well, but he walked his dog around the block and I would say ‘hi,’,” DeVaughn said. “He is a really quiet guy.”

Police removed the dog and placed it in the care of Humane Animal Services, police Sgt. Kelly Rombach said.

As DeVaughn watched the police take the dog away, he shook his head.

“He and that dog are inseparable,” DeVaughn said.

Amy Maginnis-Honey contributed to this report. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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  • use a gun, lose the dogMay 19, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    I think if you point a gun at construction workers you and your dog are no longer inseparable. Now both will have booking numbers and mug shots

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  • GemmaMay 20, 2014 - 5:21 am

    SMDH. I totally agree. I don't care if he has 20 dogs. When you break the law, you are supposed to be punished. Maybe if he was a habitual criminal/drug dealer, he'd be given a pass through the revolving door, but Joe Schomoe rule breaker must follow the rules.

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  • 2realMay 20, 2014 - 5:56 am

    Another high density area!!! Oh no! ;)

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  • HuckleberryMay 20, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Neighbors could not watch the dog or a phone call to a relative. Any kill shelter is very frightening to a dog and this one will be locked down 24/7. Not to mention the daily charge like $30 per day. Yes the owner is a bonehead. Just sorry the neighbors didnt step forward or the police more proactive. Of course, maybe they are since the Sheriffs Dept took over, making money. Many dogs are euthanized because the owners cannot or choose not to rescue the dog. Another thing, I notice AT&T are subbing their construction work out whichh of course totally bypasses union workers. This is why wages are decreasing because of the availability of low wage earners doing the work. I haven't noticed this savings being passed on to their rates.

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  • rlw895May 20, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    If you have a dog, you should have other friends too.

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  • rlw895May 20, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    Is this an anger management problem, a substance abuse problem, or both?

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  • newspaperboyMay 20, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    what a p.o.s. rich fuxxer who thinks he can do what he wants. hope he likes top ramen

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  • FF64May 20, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Animal Services within the City of FF are contracted with "Human Animal Services, not he Solano County Animal Control. The dog would have been taken to the SPCA in Vacaville, not a "Kill Shelter".

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  • FF64May 20, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    Sorry, that's "Humane Animal Services"

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  • BSMay 20, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    Maybe he's not a P.O.S. but an elderly man with dementia. I don't know anything about the situation, just saying. Easy to judge without all the facts

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  • rlw895May 20, 2014 - 7:48 pm


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  • rlw895May 20, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    The gun issue here is complex, because every citizen has a right to keep a handgun in his home for self protection. But when I worry about guns in the wrong hands, it's this type of situation I'm thinking about, not criminals. I agree that criminals will get guns illegally. That's not the argument that is persuasive against universal background checks and registration with frequent enough renewals to be sure the situation hasn't changed. Just like a driver's license.

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  • johnMay 20, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    I was there walking by the 2 guys were working and the old man came out and started cussing the two guys out they told him they wete going tp move right now but the elderly man got the nerve to push both of them but then one of the workers moved there companu vehicle but the old man still kept cussing them out he even grab a piece of metal and swong it at one of them but the metal slipped out his hand and hit there equipment. Then he went back inside and came out the house with a gun and pointed at them after that he went inside his garage and seem like he loaded his gun n pointed at the two guys . Thats crazy p.o.s old man coulda killed them or accidentally shot someone else

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