15-hour Stockton standoff with murder suspect ends in arrest

San Joaquin County sheriff''s deputies have arrested a murder suspect after a standoff that lasted more than 15 hours near Victory Park in Stockton.

Joseph DiBartolomeo was wanted for an October 2013 homicide at a marijuana grow house in Acampo. Three other people were arrested previously in connection with the murder.

Deputies went into the front of the home Picardy Drive at about 2:30 p.m. Friday and found DiBartolomeo in a crawlspace. He resisted arrest before being removed from the home.

Prior to his arrest DiBartolomeo's girlfriend told deputies that he would resist and that he might not be taken alive.

The sheriff''s office had received tips that DiBartolomeo may be in the residence, which is on the south side of Victory Park, a popular location for joggers and the site of The Haggin Museum. The standoff began at about 11 p.m. Thursday night, and several people were taken out of the home.

Deputies used stun grenades and heavy machinery to try and subdue the suspect and enter the residence. The front door and some walls were removed.


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