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Home invasion suspect has standoff with officers
Michael Danh
Michael Danh

A 25-year-old Ceres man was arrested after a lengthy standoff with police Friday evening as they attempted to arrest him during a home invasion in the 2000 block of Garland Court.

At 4:23 p.m., Ceres Police were summoned to the home where Michael Danh had shattered a front window of a home to enter, armed with a “machete” type weapon. A mother and child inside the house locked themselves into a room as Danh began kicking open locked doors inside the house. He forced open the locked door where the occupants were hiding, but he didn’t find them.

Danh left the house prior to the first officers arriving. Once the victims and home were secured, officers scoured the area in search of the vehicle the suspect had arrived and left in. Police found the suspect inside his white Nissan 350Z parked near Yolanda Street and Helen Perry Road.

Officer Jonathan Blount pulled behind Danh’s car as he got out of his patrol vehicle as the suspect got out of his vehicle. Armed with a machete and a knife, Danh stood at his vehicle and ignored orders to drop the weapons. Additional officers quickly arrived, including members of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies, and attempted to contain Danh while they attempted to negotiate with him. Detective Julio Amador began negotiating with an agitated Danh who continued to hold his weapons. The standoff continued for approximately an hour as officers attempted to reason with Danh and used de-escalation tactics which failed.

The standoff ended when Danh walked toward Officer Blount’s patrol car and began hitting the front bumper with the machete, triggering officers to use a less lethal option to subdue and arrest Danh.

Danh was medically treated and booked into the Stanislaus Public Safety Center on charges of residential burglary, resisting an officer, child endangerment, and vandalism.

Danh was positively identified as the man who had broken into the Garland Court home.