Man arrested after standoff, foot chase in South Lake Tahoe
A man is in custody after successfully escaping a standoff Monday evening and unsuccessfully escaping via foot pursuit Tuesday morning, according to South Lake Tahoe police.
The incident started around 4:30 p.m. Monday when law enforcement received a phone call stating that Brandon Bannowski, a man police say has a “long history of violence,” violated a restraining order and entered the home of his ex-girlfriend in the 900 block of Linda Avenue. According to police, Bannowski threatened his ex with a baseball bat and choked her.
Once police arrived on scene, Bannowski refused to leave the house and told officers that he had a firearm. According to police, Bannowski’s prior arrests involve firearms and robbery.
Citing a desire to avoid harm to Bannowski and officers, responders decided to deploy SWAT and crisis negotiation teams. During that transition time Bannowski managed to escape. Police are uncertain how he escaped.
The ex-girlfriend arrived home around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and found Bannowski asleep in her bed. Officers responded and a foot pursuit ensued, according to police.
Bannowski fled to the nearby state streets in Tahoe Keys by hopping fences and running through backyards. He was eventually apprehended behind O’Reilly Auto Parts, 2317 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Bannowski was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and booked into El Dorado County Jail Tuesday on charges of domestic battery causing traumatic injury, violating a restraining order, brandishing a weapon, and resisting arrest, according to police.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department extended its appreciation to residents who reported sightings, and to California Highway Patrol and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, both of which assisted in the incident.