ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Deputies have the man in custody who they say sneaked into a South Valley home on Questa Southwest around 10:30 p.m. Thursday and then emerged from the kitchen a knife.
That sent the homeowner running for safety and triggered a SWAT standoff.
Deputies say it was around 3 a.m. when 23-year-old Lee Gonzales finally came out of the house he had stayed in before. Homeowner Ronald Marshall said he had tried to help Gonzales over the years by letting him and others stay in the house. It still came as a surprise last night, however, when Gonzales entered the home unannounced while Marshall was inside.
Marshall says at one point, Gonzales grabbed a knife from the kitchen before hiding out in the attic. That’s when Marshall and a friend fled to the next-door neighbor’s house.
Investigators said Gonzales barricaded himself inside and refused to come out. At one point, Bernalillo County SWAT members broke through the front window. That’s when Gonzales finally surrendered.
Marshall says he’s glad it all ended peacefully.
“There are things that can happen and boil over that should never have happened. I hope, hopefully he’ll get some help,” said Ronald Marshall.
Gonzales was taken to the hospital for evaluation then released and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center. He is charged with aggravated burglary.
Marshall said Gonzales did not threaten anyone with the knife, but that he may be dealing with some drug problems.