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Call for Assault Turns into a 7-hour Standoff in Newport Beach

A 36 year old man named Scott Patrick Cole of Newport Beach was booked into Orange County Jail on the suspicion of battery with serious bodily injury, trespassing, causing harm to an elder/dependent adult, and assault with a deadly weapon.

At around 4:30 p.m. officers got an assault call to the 800 block of West 15th St. After the officers arrived, they had made contact with a man, who fled to a nearby neighbor’s house for safety, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach police spokeswoman.

The unidentified victim was then taken to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was later released. Apparently, the victim and Cole were acquainted, Manzella said. The officers were trying to contact Cole at the residence where the assault had allegedly taken place, but Cole repeatedly refused to come to the front door, said Manzella, adding that Cole seemed extremely agitated and began breaking windows and throwing objects inside the victim’s home.

The Newport Beach police department responded on the scene with their Crisis Response Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Crisis Negotiation Team and K9 officers. In addition, the Irvine Police SWAT team also assisted.

According to Manzella, the negotiations went on for several hours with Cole still refusing to communicate with the Newport Beach Police. She added that, “his behavior continued to be erratic and destructive.”

Officers finally obtained a warrant to enter the residence and Cole was taken into custody at 10:14 p.m.

If you or someone you love is suspected of assault, call Orange County criminal lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949)477-8088 for a consultation now.