A spokesperson for the Temecula Police Department say they have arrested a man on a felony warrant after he engaged officers in a standoff.
Officers initially responded to a call that there was a wanted man staying at a residence on Creative Drive. Police say the man in question, Christopher Lyons, was in fact residing at the home. An anonymous tipster was reportedly able to provide an accurate physical description of the suspect. They further alerted the TPD that suspect Lyons was known to carry a firearm.
A computer search by the department indicated the warrant had not been resolved and was still active. The officers who responded to the call set up a perimeter outside of the residence. Once Lyons became aware of the police presence a brief standoff ensued. He failed to comply with orders he exit the home and surrender. A brief time later the suspect attempted to flee through a back, sliding door. Upon seeing the number of law enforcement personnel surrounding the area he turned and ran back into the home where he tried to hide in an attic compartment. Lyons learned the compartment was too small and eventually walked out the door and allowed himself to be taken into custody.
The defendant was transported to the Southwest Detention Center for booking. His bail has been set at $100,000. It is unclear whether he has hired a bondsman in Temecula to help secure a pretrial release. The matter is ongoing.