A 33-year-old Petaluma man, Kenneth Massucco, was arrested over the weekend following a six-hour standoff with police. The incident occurred on the 700 block of Lakeville Circle after officers received reports of a woman screaming and items being thrown inside an apartment.
Massucco had previously been arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, failing to let a woman leave the apartment, threatening to shoot officers, and resisting arrest. Petaluma police had obtained an emergency protection order, which prohibited Massucco from being at the apartment or having contact with the victim.
Upon arrival, officers heard a door being nailed shut from inside the apartment. Massucco appeared at the front window, claiming to be alone. The officers also detected the victim’s presence. Massucco then moved away from the window and barricaded the doors further.
The crisis response team was called, and a warrant for Massucco’s arrest on suspicion of false imprisonment and violation of a domestic violence restraining order was obtained. Negotiations with Massucco were unsuccessful, and officers believed he influenced the victim’s responses.
Officers entered the apartment through a rear sliding glass door, encountering debris on the stairs that Massucco had allegedly placed to impede their progress. A flash diversionary device was used as a distraction, and officers attempted to negotiate face-to-face with Massucco.
Massucco and the victim appeared in the doorway of an upstairs bedroom, but he refused to surrender and physically prevented the victim from leaving. He also assaulted the victim and threw items at the officers. Massucco then retreated into another bedroom with the victim.
Officers climbed a ladder and broke the upstairs window to gain visibility into the bedroom. Massucco ran into another bedroom on the opposite side of the landing. The victim was safely brought downstairs, sustaining significant non-life-threatening injuries.
After further failed negotiation attempts, officers introduced a chemical irritant into the apartment, prompting Massucco to surrender. He was taken to a hospital for minor injuries resulting from being hit with a less-lethal sponge baton round.
Massucco was subsequently arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail on charges including felony domestic battery, false imprisonment, and violation of a court order. His bail was set at $250,000.