Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Man Stabs Himself During Glendale Foot Pursuit

(CBS) GLENDALE, Calif. A driver was arrested after he fled from police, spotted with a rifle, slashed himself with a knife and climbed atop a Glendale apartment building, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Michael Yoghoubov, 23, of Glendale, was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Lexington Drive, was expected to be booked on suspicion of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice, among other charges, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

The rifle turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun, police said.

The pursuit started about 10 p.m. Friday when the suspect refused to pull over. When he exited his vehicle and ran into a building, he appeared to have blood on him. Once inside, he was spotted with a weapon, thought to be a rifle.

The suspect followed orders to drop the rifle, but pulled out a knife and started slashing himself, he said.

"Apparently able to access the roof from the apartment, he ended up laying down on the roof," Lorenz said.

With the help of a crisis negotiator, police got the man, who appeared to be bloody, to surrender and took him to Glendale Memorial Hospital for the treatment of self-inflicted wounds, Lorenz said.

"He sat up and cooperated," he said.

He was later transferred to Olive View Medical Center for a 72-hour observation.

The driver was not arrested.

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