Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
Thanksgiving ended on a rough note for relatives of Stephen Anthony Harris, 20, who was taken into custody by the El Cajon Police S.W.A.T. team around 4:30 this morning.
Shortly before 10:30 the previous night, police received a 911 call reporting that Harris had entered a townhome on the 100 block of West Chase Avenue, in violation of a restraining order. All occupants of the home had fled in fear for their safety, and Harris blockaded himself inside and proceeded to vandalize the home.
When officers arrived, Harris was in the process of smashing the home’s windows and throwing various objects out into the front lawn and street. Officers attempted to get Harris to exit the residence, but he refused, threatening to set fire to the home and harm any officers attempting entry.
After four hours of unsuccessful negotiation, El Cajon’s S.W.A.T. and Crisis Negotiations Team were called in. After further negotiations also failed, S.W.A.T. entered the home, found Harris hiding in a bedroom, and arrested him without incident. He is charged with felony vandalism, burglary, felony criminal threats toward peace officers, and violation of a restraining order.
“It is estimated that Harris caused thousands of dollars of damage to the residence and contents,” an El Cajon Police release concludes.
Pictured: El Cajon S.W.A.T.