ANAHEIM, CALIF (March 18, 2019) – Anaheim Police officers have arrested a parolee at large who is on parole for murder after attempting to contact him in a stolen car this evening. The man, 33year-old Robert Lee Preston of Tustin, was taken into custody after officers deployed less than lethal munitions and a police dog.
Around 6:45 p.m., officers saw Preston walking away from a stolen vehicle parked near the intersection of State College Boulevard and Katella Avenue. When officers attempted to contact Preston, he fled on foot and barricaded himself on the patio of a nearby apartment. Preston told officers he was in possession of a bomb and a handgun, and that he would die before going back to jail. Based on Preston’s statements, a large perimeter was established, a multistory apartment complex was evacuated, and traffic on Katella Avenue was blocked for more than three hours.
APD SWAT and the Orange County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad were called to assist. After numerous attempts to negotiate with Preston failed, officers deployed a police K-9. When the K-9 got close to him, Preston assaulted the K-9 by punching, kicking and choking it.
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