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Temecula man behind bars after hours-long standoff

A Temecula man is behind bars following an hours-long standoff with deputies on Wednesday.

The incident began around 4 p.m. when the Riverside County Sheriff’s Southwest Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) served a search warrant at a residence in the 31000 block of Huron Street.

After deputies made announcements at the front of the residence, four individuals exited and were detained without incident. However, Rogelio Ochoa, a 33-year-old Temecula resident wanted in a stolen property case, refused to comply or exit the residence.

In response, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Bureau and the Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the scene. For public safety, all north and southbound lanes of Pechanga Parkway were closed between Wolf Creek Drive North and Wolf Valley Road for more than two hours.

Ochoa eventually exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident. He was booked at the Cois Byrd Detention Center, where he is being held on a $60,000 bail.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Deputy Rolando Chiffer with the Southwest Station Special Enforcement Team at 951-696-3000.

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