Wanted-felon Andreas arrested after standoff

– Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release

At approximately noon today the Inyo County Special Enforcement Detail, which is made up of Sheriff’s Deputies, Bishop Police Department and tactical medics of the Olancha Fire Department, responded to an anonymous tip that Richard Farrell Andreas Jr., was “hiding out” in a residence in Lone Pine. Andreas was wanted for felony battery and parole violation, and was considered armed and dangerous.

Richard Farrell Andreas, Jr.

Richard Farrell Andreas, Jr.

After a three-hour standoff, which included extensive negotiation efforts, pepper-balls were utilized which are a non-lethal projectile weapon made up of a powdered chemical that irritates the eyes and nose.

Andreas was located hiding in the attic, under the insulation; officers arrested Andreas without further incident. Andreas will be held at the Inyo County Jail on the following: parole violation, parole warrant for assault with a deadly weapon; Inyo County warrant for battery with serious bodily injury, trespassing, vandalism, and theft; and resisting arrest.

In addition to the members of the Special Enforcement Detail, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank CHP, Bishop Police Department, Lone Pine Volunteer Fire, and Olancha Volunteer Fire, for assisting.

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17 Responses to Wanted-felon Andreas arrested after standoff

  1. Karen Rotchstein November 26, 2014 at 6:06 am #

    Big problem with openly practiced fraud in Lone Pine.

  2. Rick O'Brien November 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Since the whole valley knew this dude was a wanted “parolee at large”, they should have arrested whoever was hiding him for harboring a violent fugitive, RIGHT ?

    • Wayne Deja November 22, 2014 at 8:29 am #

      Rick…My guess would be,in order for the harboring charge to stand,it would have to be if LE asked the residents of the home IF he was inside….and then if they said no,and found him there on a search warrant,maybe….Someone could always say they knew nothing of him being wanted…

      • Rick O'Brien November 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

        Yeah, someone that doesn’t have a tv, radio, internet, or read the local paper, AND, someone that’s NOT related to him.

        • Wayne Deja November 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

          Rick O’Brien….Yeah….BUT…..still something that would be all but impossible to prove in a court of law….How do they say it,”getting into someone else’s mind” ??

        • Desert Tortoise November 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

          No TV in this household. Until this article I could have bumped into this dude and never known there was any reason to worry about him. Was there an APB for him in the local papers or on any radio station? Not that I am aware of.

          • Mark November 28, 2014 at 5:30 am #

            You haven’t missed anything by not having a TV. I’d get rid of mine if I could.

          • Trouble November 28, 2014 at 6:10 am #

            I’m a little skeptical when my friends come over and start picking out the windows and hiding in the attack. Just saying.

          • Trouble November 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

            Sorry about my spelling there.

  3. blulexus November 21, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    This was at the older house right on HWY 395, at the very south end of town?

    Rolled right by it — two CHPs few by me at 90 from about 100 miles south.
    Saw them + 4 or 5 other various units as I drove by.

    Then, after leaving Lone Pine heading north and into Big Pine about a half dozen other law enforcement units w/lights on & moving fast went by heading south. 1 unmakred car, another CHP, a couple sheriffs cars, a pickup wcanopy and some kind of big armored vehicle.
    Knew something serious was happening. Saw no ambulance or fire vehicles, though….

    • Lone Pine Resident November 21, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

      blulexus…Your “summation” of the incident sounds about right !!!….and I think what worries me the most when these type(or any type) of things seem to happen around here. CHP flying by at 90+ MPH…..Sheriff’s Dept. doing the same.In this case,include BPD,unmarked LE vehicles,Olancha FD,LPFD,an armored vehicle.It actually surprises me it didn’t also include USFS,BLM,DFW,Cal-Trans, and LADWP. And then while all that was going on,maybe being discussed, close down 395,nearby business’,shut down schools,and announcing possible mandatory evacuations in the town of Lone Pine.

      • Mark November 24, 2014 at 8:34 am #

        Don’t forget about the article in the Sierra Wav spouting off about a coordinated multi-agency response where everyone gets a pat on the back.

        Complete with a reply from SL stating CERT was deployed for traffic control.

        • Sierra Lady November 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

          ^ @ Mark…huh?

          What in the world does CERT doing traffic control for certain special events in Mammoth have anything to do with this story?

          B. Richter

        • Lone Pine Resident November 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

          Mark-It’s not so much the pat-on-the-back thing that worries me.Not so much the multi-agency thing either,at least with this one.Maybe more so how it’s done,and who it sometimes includes that have no authority at all over anyone,or training what-so-ever to be speeding around the town and an area and-or trying to act as authority and bossing people around.Like that poster has stated before,for some reason whoever drives a truck with anytype of writing on the doors,in some cases,seems to think they have an authority on those that don’t.If there ever is anytype of catastrophe in our area,that could turn out to be a big problem.

  4. Trouble November 21, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    Hiding under installation. Guess the good old Dillinger days are done.

  5. Indy Resident November 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    So let me guess… They will let him out tomorrow or next week after his court date with a promise to appear just like the last time and the time before that…. This legal system is for the birds, barbie houses, make believe, movies, tv shows, etc… Hey maybe the old show Night Court… it was a comedy!!

  6. Lorijellybean November 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Is this related to the big multi-agency high speed chase in Big Pine about the same time today? Or was that a separate incident?


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