Saturday, 13 July 2024

SWAT team called in after man threatens to kill ex-girlfriend

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – A man's threats to kill his ex-girlfriend led to an early morning appearance in Clearlake by the county's SWAT team.


Clearlake Police Chief Allan McClain said that the domestic violence situation, which was under way after midnight on Thursday, was allegedly instigated by 23-year-old Ivan Vargas.


Vargas allegedly took a loaded firearm and went to his ex-girlfriend's home in the 15000 block of 42nd Avenue. McClain said Vargas' ex-girlfriend fled the home with family members but several children were still in the home with Vargas.


The woman called police believing Vargas was still in the house with the children, McClain said.


He explained that when police arrived no one at the home would respond to them. As a result, they called in the Lake County Sheriff's Office SWAT and hostage negotiation teams.


When the teams entered the residence, they found the firearm Vargas had allegedly had with him, along with six unharmed children, said McClain.


Authorities continue to look for Vargas, who is accused of making terrorist threats. McClain described Vargas as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.


McClain said anyone with information should call the Clearlake Police Department, 707-994-8251.


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