A parolee refused to surrender to authorities today when they attempted to arrest him in Hemet, leading to a standoff during which the man threatened to use a gun, police said.
State parole agents and Hemet police officers located 45-year-old Rex Lane Osborn of Riverside around 3 p.m. at a mobile home the 200 block of West Kimball Avenue, seeking to arrest him for parole violations, said Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson.
A confrontation ensued, and Osborn refused to open the door of the mobile home, yelling that he “had a gun and was not going to come out,” Dickson said.
“He also stated that he was going to use the gun,” Dickson said. “The officers sought cover and requested emergency backup.”
Surrounding mobile homes were evacuated and a perimeter was established around the residence where Osborn was holed up.
The Hemet police Special Operations Unit was summoned to the location and prepared to make forced entry, Dickson said. However, after an hour of speaking with a crisis negotiator, Osborn surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.
The weapon he claimed to have in his possession turned out to be a replica firearm, Dickson said.
Osborn was booked into Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where he’s being held without bail.