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Man arrested after violating restraining order, threatens police with knife, syringe 

Suspect barricaded himself in ex’s home, according to police

Joseph Paramo-Panos

Joseph Paramo-Panos.

–Joseph Paramo-Panos is in police custody after an altercation with police that occurred Friday night.

On April 15, at approximately 8:38 p.m., Paso Robles Police officers were dispatched to a domestic violence restraining order violation in the 500 blk. of 4th St. in Paso Robles.

The victim reported her ex-boyfriend, 29-year-old Joseph Paramo-Panos of Paso Robles, entered her open garage then kicked in the locked interior garage door to force entry into her duplex apartment. Once inside Panos demanded the victim give him a ride in her car to another location, police say. The victim has a valid / active Criminal Protective Order against Panos. After attempting to reason with Panos, the victim said she fled from her home and called the police.

Officers arrived and contacted Panos, who at the time, was standing inside the front doorway. Officers asked him to step out and speak with them. Panos refused, slammed and locked the front door, then barricaded himself inside by piling furniture against the doors and windows. Officers attempted to speak with Panos through a front open window, and soon after, he shut / locked that window. He repeatedly refused to surrender peacefully and shortly thereafter, armed himself with a large torque wrench, a knife and a syringe filled with an unknown substance. Panos repeatedly said he would stab or attack any officers who attempted to enter, police say.

Additional police personnel were called to the scene along with a K-9 unit. Panos was observed moving throughout the apartment and intermittently yelling and threating officers. At times, he held the knife against his own neck and said he would cut himself if anyone tried to enter. Based on his previous arrest history and his highly volatile behavior, officers said they believed Panos was likely under the influence of illegal narcotics.

At one point during negotiations officers smelled the strong odor of natural gas flowing from the apartment. Panos then yelled to officers he had turned on all the gas appliances in the kitchen. Officers then observed Panos attempting to activate a lighter in an apparent attempt to ignite the natural gas. The Paso Robles Fire Dept. and EMS paramedics were requested, and all gas and electricity was shut off to the apartment. Nearby neighbors were also evacuated at the time.

During negotiations with Panos, officers observed him injecting narcotics into his arm from the syringe he had been carrying. After several hours and attempts to communicate and/or reason with Panos, officers broke two windows and deployed oleoresin capsicum (OC) gas into the house. Panos continued to hide inside the apartment, but at one point showed himself, and was shot one time on his upper left leg with a less-lethal bean-bag shotgun. Panos surrendered shortly afterward.

Panos was transported to Twin Cities Hospital for medical assistance and clearance and then directly to the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Joseph Paramo-Panos was charged with:

– Violating a Criminal protective order

– Burglary

– Threatening / resisting police officers by threats or violence

– Attempted arson

Any person with additional information regarding this incident are encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.


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