A 54-year-old man allegedly set his mother on fire and then barricaded himself inside a house in Rancho Cucamonga before being arrested following a five-year standoff, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
On Aug. 19 at about 6:09 a.m., deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department were requested by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department to respond to a residence in the 13000 block of Vine Street.
Fire personnel advised deputies they had responded to the location and were told by the 73-year-old victim that she had fled from her home where her son, Gilbert Banuelos, had lit her on fire. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of her injuries and was in critical but stable condition.
Prior to deputies’ arrival, Banuelos barricaded himself inside the home. Deputies gave multiple PA announcements in an attempt to get Banuelos to peacefully surrender and exit the home.
Deputies from the Specialized Enforcement Division (SED), a negotiator, and Sheriff’s Aviation responded to the location.
After about five hours of announcements, deputies from SED deployed a chemical agent into the home.
Several minutes later, Banuelos went outside the home, continuing to ignore deputies’ commands to peacefully surrender, the Sheriff's Department said.
Deputies then deployed less than lethal rounds, and Banuelos was taken into custody.
Banuelos was transported to a local area hospital for evaluation prior to being booked into jail. Banuelos was also found to be on PRCS for obstructing/resisting an officer.
Nearby residents were evacuated during the incident and allowed to return home after the area was determined to be safe.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga P.D. at (909) 477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information at www.wetip.com.