BARSTOW • Barstow Police arrested a wanted parolee armed with a compound bow and arrow Tuesday night after a one and a half hour standoff.
According to a police report, at 3:47 p.m. Barstow Police Detective Ronan Colleoc received a tip from an informant that wanted parolee Jeffrey Sprowl, 41, was alone at a house in the 1000 block of Pine Street in Barstow.
Sprowl's girlfriend reported that Sprowl beat her, choked, her, and threatened to cut and stab her with a knife during an argument on Nov. 27 when police were called to a domestic disturbance. Sprowl fled the scene and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Officers arrived at the scene on Pine Street and confirmed Sprowl was alone — but Sprowl refused to leave the house. Sprowl stated he was armed with a compound bow and said he had "nothing to lose" and "things would get ugly" if officers attempted to enter the house and arrest him.
Barstow Police Officers and Sheriff's Deputies evacuated nearby houses and the Barstow Police Special Response team was called to the scene. A crisis negotiator continued to talk to Sprowl on the phone, who said he was afraid he would go to jail for life and never see his family again.
After one and a half hours Sprowl left the house and surrendered without incident.
Sprowl was booked at the Barstow Jail for the parole violation warrant and a supplemental report will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for the remaining charges of spousal battery, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Investigation into the case continues and anyone with information is asked to call Barstow Police Detective Keith Libby at 760-256-2211. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the WE-TIP Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.