Police came up empty-handed Tuesday evening after failing to find an armed parolee they thought had barricaded himself in a Port Hueneme garage.
The incident began at 10:42 a.m. Tuesday when police were told a man with a long, silver gun was pacing in front of an apartment complex in the 2600 block of North Victoria Avenue. Police believed the man later barricaded himself inside a garage at the complex.
Police identified the man as Keith Zeasley, 25.
No shots were fired and no injuries were reported. But Port Hueneme, Oxnard and Ventura police descended on the area at Victoria and Hemlock Street. Victoria remained open, but other roads and alleys in the area were closed.
Police sent a robot into the garage about 5 p.m., and it apparently failed to find the suspect.
Police used a stun grenade earlier in the afternoon, then waited for a search warrant to enter the premises. The warrant was issued about 5 p.m., and police used a second stun grenade.
The officers were called off about 6 p.m.
The suspect’s parents had called police to say he formerly lived with them, was evicted and then returned Tuesday morning, said Port Hueneme police Sgt. Rick Perez. The parents were able to leave without injury, Perez said.
The man is known to Port Hueneme police, Perez said.
They said the man has served time in prison for assaulting a peace officer and for weapons violations. He is a parolee with an outstanding Los Angeles County felony warrant for vehicle theft, police said.
Numerous neighbors were outside watching events unfold.
Bill Alarcon said he is staying with his elderly mother while she recovers from hip surgery. Alarcon said he noticed that police were outside the apartment when he got up Tuesday, but he did not think it merited waking elderly mother up.
It was only later, Alarcon said, when police arrived at his mother’s front door, that he realized the gravity of the situation. Alarcon said police escorted him and his mother out.
Staff writer John Scheibe contributed to this report.