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Reported by Patch editors Renee Schiavone and Guy McCarthy

A law enforcement officer observes a home on Banning Bench from an armored vehicle, Sept. 25, 2013. Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
A law enforcement officer observes a home on Banning Bench from an armored vehicle, Sept. 25, 2013. Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Guy McCarthy.
Update 6 p.m. An adult male suspect who allegedly holed up in a house on Banning Bench surrendered to deputies at 4:46 p.m. and he was in custody at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 25, Riverside County sheriff's deputy Julio Oseguera tells Banning-Beaumont Patch.

"Come out with your hands up," law enforcement said repeatedly on public address speakers earlier Wednesday afternoon at a property south of Mesa at the T-bone junction with Gilman.

Some residents who declined to give their names said there is a shooting range built in the basement of the house.

Deputies in full tactical gear, including helmets and body armor, responded in two armored vehicles during the standoff, which began before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Bench north of Banning.

As of 5:40 p.m. road blocks were still set up and manned by sheriff's and California Highway Patrol personnel at Sunset and Wilson and at Bluff and Mesa.

Oseguera said shortly after 5 p.m. he did not have the man's name or specifics about why he wanted. He said he expected more details to be released later Wednesday evening.

Update 4 p.m. 
The sheriff's department confirms to Banning-Beaumont Patch that the suspect is believed to be holed up inside a home on Mesa.

"He's still there," Sheriff's Deputy Julio Oseguera said at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Oseguera says the sheriff's SWAT team, the California Highway Patrol and Banning Police are all assisting in the efforts to get the man outside of the house.

A name for the suspect and what he is wanted on still have not been released.

Update 2:40 p.m. 
Patch has now spotted two armored personnel vehicles drive into the police perimeter in the Banning Bench, while a search for a wanted felon continues.

Both ends of the police roadblock-- one at Wilson and Sunset and the other at Mesa and Gilman-- remain staffed by law enforcement officers. 

Update: 1:50 p.m. 
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department tells Patch they are actively searching part of the Banning Bench for a wanted felon, after he evaded authorities earlier today.

Sheriff's Deputy Julio Oseguera says the search began around 11:55 a.m., and that the agency has established a perimeter around the 43000 block of Mesa, where the man was last seen.

"They're looking for a wanted male subject for a felony warrant and are setting up a perimeter," Oseguera said in a telephone interview around 1:45 p.m., adding that authorities believe the man is still in the area.

In addition to a road block set up at Sunset and Wilson, CHP has closed Mesa Street at Gilman Street.

It is not known at this time what charges the man is wanted on.

Posted 1:35 p.m. Police activity on the Banning Bench is affecting traffic in town, Patch has learned.

Banning police confirm to Banning-Beaumont Patch that they have closed down northbound traffic on Sunset Avenue, at Wilson Street, after a request from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

At this time, there is not an estimate as to when that roadway will reopen.  San Gorgonio remains open to the Bench.

Patch is awaiting details from the sheriff's department and will update this breaking news story as soon as information is available.
t September 25, 2013 at 06:26 PM
No subject name?
John Henderson September 26, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Dp we have to wait for the Recrord Gazette to come out to find out who it was or what the charges are?
Jeremiah September 26, 2013 at 09:35 AM
No, I would expect you have to wait for the police to release that information. It was still an ongoing operation and it is pretty tacky and low of both of you to try and give the impression the editor didn't do their job. You are only reading it here because Renee was on top of it and got the story on the Patch as it was happening. Give a little credit where it is due. **** Jeremiah
ATC September 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM
nobodyuno September 26, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Right on JeremiahB-)B-)B-)
Guy McCarthy (Editor) September 26, 2013 at 04:25 PM
PATCH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Banning Bench Suspect Surrenders, Locked Up at Smith Correctional http://bit.ly/1asCXBS
Guy McCarthy (Editor) September 26, 2013 at 09:32 PM
BANNING BENCH STAND-OFF: Sheriff's Department Releases Account of 'Barricaded Subject / Warrant Service / Negligently Discharging Firearm' http://bit.ly/1eL8WSK


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