RIVERDALE -- A 27-year-old Riverdale man was arrested Tuesday morning after police say he assaulted his wife and barricaded himself in their Riverdale home.
A SWAT standoff ended with John Garcia being taken into police custody. He also was wanted for questioning in a shooting that occurred on 23rd Street in Ogden several weeks ago.
Riverdale Police Lt. James Ebert said police were called after Garcia awoke from a nap and began beating his wife in front of their three children in the home, near 900 W. 4375 South.
The children called police and by the time they arrived, Garcia had gone into the garage. Police were able to evacuate the family from the house before Garcia climbed into the garage attic and broke through drywall to re-enter the home.
Garcia dropped about 15 feet from the garage attic back into the home, Ebert said, and barricaded himself. He surrendered after talking to his parents on the phone.
Police evacuated several neighboring homes during the standoff because of Garcia's possible connection to a violent crime.
Debra Cherry, who lives in the home in front of Garcia's residence, said she was told by police to either take cover in her home or get into her car. She took her child with her and waited in her vehicle near her home.
"I was very scared," she said. "My kid was fine, but I was crying."
Ebert said police searched the home for weapons, including the gun that may have been used in the Ogden shooting.
Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley said Garcia is a person of interest in a possible gang-related shooting that occurred March 16 at a church parking lot in the 500 block of 23rd Street.
Conley said Pete Romero was shot. The bullet grazed his skull and did not cause major injuries.
Conley said it is believed the shooting was gang-related because of the people who were at the scene at the time of the incident.
Garcia is just a person of interest at this time, not a suspect, Conley said, and Garcia has not been served the Trece gang injunction.
"He is only known to associate with members of that specific group," he said. "It's not enough to put him on the gang list."
Garcia was booked into Weber County Jail on suspicion of burglary, obstruction, domestic violence and criminal mischief, Ebert said. He was later released on bail.