ARMONA — A parolee on the run after escaping from a drug treatment program in Bakersfield was arrested Saturday after picking a fight with Kings County Sheriff’s deputies.
Officials got word that Raul Gonzales, 31, might be hiding out in Armona and went looking for him. They checked several areas that morning with no results. They were about to pack up and leave when a woman ran screaming out of her home in the 14000 block of Hanford-Armona Road.
The woman told deputies that a man, armed with a knife, had forced his way into her house and had been holding her family against their will.
Deputies went inside to find Gonzales fighting with two of the residents. Both had suffered multiple cuts and stab wounds to the hands and face, according to the Kings County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputies disarmed Gonzales while the homeowners retreated to safety. One deputy shot Gonzales with a stun gun, but it had no effect. Gonzales tried to rip the weapon from the deputy’s hands, then attempted to yank the handgun out of another deputy’s holster, officials said.
Authorities had to fight with Gonzales hand-to-hand to get him into custody. Both deputies received minor injuries after being punched and head-butted several times.
Detectives later found that Gonzales had been evading capture by hopping fences and moving through residential yards unseen. When one of the victims spotted him, Gonzales drew a knife and forced them inside.
Officials say Gonzales has a history of assaulting correctional staff while incarcerated and has previously been charged with resisting arrest, weapons offenses, possession of stolen property and selling narcotics.
Gonzales was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, attacking a peace officer and resisting arrest. His bail has been set at $670,000, according to jail records.