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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Karen Rotchstein
Karen Rotchstein
7 years ago

Big problem with openly practiced fraud in Lone Pine.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

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
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

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
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

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
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

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
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

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
Mark
7 years ago

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

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

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

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Sorry about my spelling there.

blulexus
blulexus
7 years ago

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… Read more »

Lone Pine Resident
Lone Pine Resident
7 years ago
Reply to  blulexus

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… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

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
Sierra Lady
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

^ @ 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
Lone Pine Resident
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

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… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

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

Indy Resident
Indy Resident
7 years ago

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… Read more »

Lorijellybean
Lorijellybean
7 years ago

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?