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Police Say Man Armed With Machete Safely Arrested After Two Hour Standoff On South Coast


Police dealt with a big drama on the South Coast Monday morning, with officers saying a man armed with a machete led them on a car chase followed by a standoff with a SWAT team. Oxnard Police were called to the 500 block of Sherwood Way at about three a.m. for a domestic disturbance call.

Officers say when they arrived, Francisco Camarena jumped in a car and led them on a chase which ended on the 1500 block of South Oxnard Boulevard. They say the 52 year old man refused to get out of his car, and had a machete with him. Negotiators tried for two hours to get him to surrender.

When that failed, the SWAT team used pepper spray, gas, and a K-9 to capture Camarena. After being treated at a hospital for minor injuries, he was arrested on multiple charges ranging from obstructing police to felony evading.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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