South Lake Tahoe police arrested a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of domestic violence early Thursday morning after an alleged standoff in her neighbor’s apartment.
Police were dispatched to reports of a screaming woman at an apartment complex on State Route 89 about 1:30 a.m., according to a statement from the city.
Officers contacted a 37-year-old man who was reportedly bleeding from the head, hand and foot who said his girlfriend, Kimberly Ann Leard, had been drinking in his apartment and they had gotten into an argument that turned violent. The man declined medical treatment at the scene.
During the confrontation, Leard learned police had been called and left the apartment via a rear, third-story balcony, according to the statement. She then allegedly climbed onto a neighbor’s balcony and entered the apartment.
The neighbor walked out of the bathroom and found Leard standing in his living room and fled the apartment. Leard allegedly barricaded herself in the apartment’s bedroom, where he told police he kept a .30/.30-caliber lever-action rifle stored with ammunition in plain view.
“After several unsuccessful attempts by a department hostage negotiator to talk Leard into giving up, the officers made entry into the apartment,” according to the statement. “At about 2:40 a.m., they located Leard hiding in the bedroom closet. She was arrested without further incident. The rifle and ammunition were recovered and returned to the neighbor.”
Leard was booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on suspicion of felony domestic violence and misdemeanor resisting police. She remained in custody Thursday morning. It is unknown whether she has an attorney.