A Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office SWAT team took a man from Oroville, Washington, into custody at a gas station just outside of Yosemite National Park on Sunday night following an eight hour standoff.
The man, identified Monday morning by the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office as Robert Loschiavo, 39, had entered into the Yosemite Lakes Country Store on 31191 Hardin Flat Rd in Groveland armed with a knife and intending to steal, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.
Loschiavo was taken into custody after barricading himself inside of the store for at least eight hours. Prior to the arrival of law enforcement to the scene, all customers and store employees had left the building, the press release said.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office logs, a verbal dispute was reported at the store on Sunday at 11:06 a.m. The press release stated that a person called the Sheriff's Office to report an irate man in the store who was refusing to leave.
Law enforcement from the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, California Highway Patrol and Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.
Negotiations with the Sheriff's Office Crisis Response Unit were ongoing for eight hours. SWAT entered the building and took Loschiavo into custody.
The Sheriff's Office’s booking logs indicate Loschiavo was arrested on a warrant for felony robbery and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
His arrest location was identified as 31838 Highway 120, which is a handful of miles from the Yosemite Lakes Country Store.
The store is located next to a Valero gas station.
Loschiavo is being held in the jail with no bail, according to the details of the booking logs.
The Sheriff's Office had notified the public of activity in the area on Sunday with a Facebook post.
“The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Response Unit has responded and is on scene with a subject barricaded in the Yosemite Lakes Country Store and gas station, west of the Yosemite gate on Highway 120. Please assist us and avoid the area, there is heavy Law Enforcement presence. Thank you for your consideration," the post said.
They posted at about midnight on Monday morning that the situation had come to a "peaceful conclusion" and a man was in custody.
Adjoining a Facebook post on Monday morning identifying the suspect were photos showing him being led from the store by deputies.
The man, who appears to be Loschiavo, was wearing a red shirt, tan pants and a black beanie In one photo he appears to not be wearing shoes as he is led from the building.
Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at email@example.com or (209) 588-4526.