ATWATER -- A 30-year-old man is in custody after a fight in Atwater turned into a hostage situation Friday night that continued into early Saturday.
Rigoberto Padilla of Atwater was booked at the Merced County Jail on various charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, false imprisonment, criminal threats and resisting, and delaying or obstructing an officer, according to a news release from the Atwater Police Department.
Officers had responded to the 100 block of Nutmeg Drive, where a witness stated that the homeowner, Padilla, had assaulted a 42-year-old Latino man and left him unconsciousness in the driveway of the residence, according to the release. Padilla is also suspected of chasing another man who attempted to intervene, but that individual was able to get away.
The man who got away notified police as he saw Padilla return and drag the unconscious man back into the home, according to the release.
Two women and two children, who were inside the home, fled the residence when Padilla entered the house with the unresponsive victim. They alerted officers that Padilla owned a firearm and he had mentioned having bought an assault rifle, according to the release.
Officers secured a perimeter around the home, which required additional response from officers who were off duty. Officers made contact with Padilla, but he refused to exit the home and began to make threats of harming himself, police said.
Additional help from the Merced County sheriff's SWAT team was requested. The SWAT team arrived and worked along with Atwater police officers as they continued to negotiate with Padilla to surrender. As the team deployed around the home, SWAT team members were able to see the severely injured victim, according to the release.
The SWAT team entered the residence using diversionary tactics and took Padilla into custody without incident.
The victim was removed from the home, and was given treatment by Riggs Ambulance and Cal Fire personnel at the scene before being airlifted to a Modesto hospital. The victim had severe injuries to the head and upper body.
The victim was "found in a pool of blood," said Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
The victim remains in the hospital with severe trauma to the face and head, according to the release.
Atwater police detectives have learned that Padilla and the two victims know each other and had been drinking during the evening before the incident. The motive for the assault remains unclear, according to the release.
No officers or deputies were injured during the incident.