Susanville rape suspect arrested after standoff

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SUSANVILLE, Calif. (KOLO)-- A man wanted on two arrest warrants from 2018 and who is being investigated for more Susanville felonies this month was arrested Friday after about a 5.5- to six-hour standoff, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office used chemical munitions to get Maitland Carpenter out of his girlfriend’s home on Kei Deh Street on the upper reservation outside of Susanville, Lt. Dave Woginrich said. The standoff ended around 6:15 p.m.

Carpenter has arrest warrants for $1 million and $40,000 from 2018 charges and is also being investigated on allegations of rape and kidnap in Lassen County this month. Carpenter called KOLO 8 News Now earlier this week to protest his innocence.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office received a report at about 1 p.m. on Friday that Carpenter was holding someone at gunpoint on Kei Deh Street. Carpenter was reported to be barricaded in a bedroom with a gun and a knife.

Deputies responded and set up a perimeter. Several people inside the home walked out of the home, including the person Carpenter allegedly held hostage. People in the neighborhood were also evacuated, the sheriff’s office said.

At about 4 p.m. deputies tried communicating with Carpenter, including calling a phone they thought he had. At 6 p.m., the sheriff’s office put chemical munitions into the home and he initially did not come out, but by 6:15 p.m. he came to the front door of the home and was taken into custody.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office special weapons and tactics team assisted as did the California Department of Forestry and Fire and the California Office of Emergency Services, Woginrich said.

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