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One Arrested Following Standoff
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An armed officer approaches the standoff scene.


A 31-year-old man was taken into custody and arrested on multiple counts following a standoff with police in Escalon on Thursday afternoon.

Police Chief Mike Borges said they got a call of a subject threatening to harm a homeowner shortly after 12:30 p.m. Thursday, at a location along Escalon-Bellota road.

The incident led to a roughly 90-minute standoff before officers entered the home and took the man into custody.

The homeowner, whose name was not released, told officers he had been letting the man stay there temporarily. The homeowner feared for his life because of the threats, said Borges, and injured his hands jumping over a fence to escape the home.

Eric Cummings, 31, was subsequently taken into custody without incident after attempts to talk him out of the home were unsuccessful. Officers made entry and found the man lying on a bed, with a knife, and a box cutter beside him and two large screwdrivers within easy reach, in between the mattress and box spring. He was taken into custody and did not suffer any injures.

“He was arrested for felony terrorist threats, felony vandalism and brandishing a weapon,” said Borges.

The suspect reportedly broke out several windows in the home as he threatened the homeowner, police said.

The house was in the 17000 block of Escalon-Bellota Road between Miller and Libby avenues. Traffic was rerouted during the standoff, with police shutting down a portion of the roadway.

The man was taken into custody about 2:20 p.m.

Look for the full story in the Feb. 17. issue of The Times.