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 firstname.lastname@example.org.