College Place man arrested after standoff

Police said Cesar E. Ruiz, who was wanted on a felony warrant, spent two hours on a roof before surrendering.

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COLLEGE PLACE -- A wanted man climbed out on a rooftop to escape police Thursday night, but was talked into surrendering peacefully after a two-hour standoff.

The standoff began about 9 p.m. after police went to 614 S.E. Mockingbird Drive to serve an arrest warrant on Cesar E. Ruiz, said College Place Police Chief Dennis Lepiane. In an effort to avoid police, the 25-year-old man went out an upstairs window and climbed onto the roof of the residence.

Lepiane said in a release that Ruiz had armed himself with a six-inch folding knife and a pair of brass knuckles before climbing onto the roof. Officers eventually persuaded him to toss the weapons to the ground and come down, where he was taken into custody.

About 12 officers from College Place, Walla Walla and the Sheriff's Office were involved in the standoff, Lepiane said. Ruiz was booked into Walla Walla County Jail for investigation of a Department of Corrections violation.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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