Man, Woman Hold Pasadena Police at Bay for Over 2 Hours in Playhouse District Standoff Saturday

Published : Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 4:37 PM

Over two hours passed Saturday before Pasadena police, armed with lethal and non-lethal weapons and backed by an armored vehicle, could convince a wanted man and his female companion to surrender as the pair sat in a car in a Playhouse District parking structure.

Police had been called to the scene at the southwest corner of South Oak Knoll Avenue at East Colorado Boulevard at 10:09 a.m.

A caller reported a suspicious man on the property who had littered and urinated in public, according to Lt. Marcia Taglioretti.

Arrived officers found the man sitting with a woman in a car inside the parking structure for the apartment complex at that site.

The pair refused to exit the car, she said.

Officials stressed the woman inside did not appear to be a hostage. Taglioretti said although the woman promised she would come out of the car, but she didn’t for hours.

When officers discovered the suspect was wanted by Monrovia police for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and told the suspect there was a warrant for his arrest, he became agitated, cranking up his windows and locking the car’s doors, Taglioretti said.

At one point, Taglioretti said, the suspect started the car’s engine as if intended to drive away.

Police attempts at communication finally paid off shortly after the arrival of the Pasadena Police Dept.’s Bearcat armored vehicle at about 12:15 p.m.

The man was taken into custody on the assault warrant and for resisting arrest. He was identified as Daniel Warren, 36, of Monrovia. Online booking records indicate Warren is being held in the Pasadena jail in lieu of $70,000 bail.

His female companion, Tanya Renee Benford, 42, of Pasadena, was arrested for resisting arrest and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Taglioretti said there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

The relationship between Warren and Benford is not known at this time.

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