RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Ca. – A 54-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man was arrested after setting his mother on fire on Monday morning.
At around 6:09 a.m. deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department were requested by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department to respond to the 13000 block of Vine Street. When they arrived they learned that the fire department had responded to the location to learn that the 73-year-old female victim, had fled from her home where her son, Gilbert Banuelos lit her on fire. The woman was transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
When deputies responded to the house they found that Banuelos had barricaded himself inside the home. Deputies made PA announcements in an attempt to get Banuelos to surrender and exit the home. The SWAT team responded and negotiated with Banuelos. After five hours authorities deployed a chemical agent into the home. Several minutes later, Banuelos exited the home and continued to ignore the deputies commands. Deputies’ deployed less than lethal rounds and Banuelos was taken into custody. Banuelos was transported to a local area hospital for evaluation prior to being booked into jail. Banuelos was also found to be on PRCS for PC69 Obstructing/Resisting an Officer.
Nearby residents were evacuated during the incident and allowed to return home after the area was determined safe.
The victim remains in the hospital where she is in critical, but stable condition.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department 909-477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information at www.wetip.com.
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