Man Arrested After Locking Elderly Mother in Home, Beating her with Fire Poker

SWAT teams swarmed the Pittsburg home of an elderly woman Wednesday after she reported that her son had locked her inside and beat her with a fire poker.

The still unidentified suspect is a 35-year-old who lived with his mother on the 100 block of North Catamaran Drive and has a slew of previous felony arrests, according to police.

Police Captain Ron Raman said the man allegedly kept his 65-year-old mother confined in the house Tuesday night and repeatedly threatened to burn and kill her. During this time, he also allegedly bludgeoned her repeatedly with a fire poker.

The woman, who police said feared for her life, was able to escape via a rear door when her son wasn't looking. She made it to a neighbor’s house and called police.

At around 9 a.m. Wednesday, SWAT teams initiated negotiations with the suspect and evacuated nearby homes as a precaution, police said.

Despite initially refusing to answer the door or phone, the man surrendered and was taken into custody. Police have charged him with false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.

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