Monday, February 8, 2010

Evictee boards himself up in foreclosed home -- Aptos, CA

Sheriff's deputies broke down several blockaded doors to arrest a renter Thursday who had refused to comply to eviction orders at a Vienna Drive home earlier in the week.



Brian Wayne Tomasso, 39, was arrested on suspicion of violating a court order and resisting police, both misdemeanors, and booked into County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, jail records showed.

Tomasso had lived at the house for several years but the landlord went through a civil eviction process with the Sheriff's Office and court system this winter to force him out of the home, according to Lt. Fred Plageman. A deputy posted a notice to vacate at the property Jan. 19, then returned Tuesday with the landlord and a locksmith to change the locks at the house.

But Tomasso allegedly had drilled screws into the door and frame and was on the other side of the door pushing against it to prevent people from coming in, Plageman said.

Patrol deputies surrounded the house and shut down streets in the neighborhood, a hilly area above Soquel Drive not far from Cabrillo College, but Tomasso still refused to leave, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"The thing that complicated this whole thing is in 2006 the same resident had been arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm from that residence," Plageman said.

Eventually, deputies gave up the standoff and left Tomasso in the home.

Thursday, a judge signed the arrest warrant and deputies served it around 11 a.m.

Friday after trying unsuccessfully to negotiate Tomasso's peaceful surrender over the phone and via e-mail, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Friday, "the doors were in fact fortified or barricaded," Plageman said.

Deputies broke down the exterior door and at least two interior doors before finding Tomasso, who "was not cooperative but did not physically resist," Plageman said.

Tomasso was arrested. Because of a pre-existing medical condition, which the Sheriff's Office did not disclose, he was taken by ambulance to Dominican Hospital for medical clearance before being booked into jail.

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_14297767

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