Walmart Evacuation Ends After Man With Knife is Arrested

posted by City News Service - 

LA QUINTA (CNS) - A knife-wielding man accused of barricading himself inside a bathroom at the Walmart in La Quinta, leading to an evacuation of the store, was booked today at the county jail in Indio. 

Bail was set at $10,000 for Daniel Lamont, 33, of Palm Desert, who is accused of vandalizing the store's restroom just before 10 p.m. Sunday, then locking himself inside a bathroom stall for nearly two hours before being taken into custody, according to sheriff's officials. Sgt. Stephen Davis said employees evacuated the Walmart at 79295 Highway 111 while deputies ``engaged in a lengthy negotiation'' with Lamont in an effort to end the standoff. 

The suspect sustained unspecified minor injuries while being taken into custody, as did a deputy, according to Davis, who did not elaborate on how Lamont or the deputy were hurt. Both were treated and released from a hospital. 

Lamont was then booked into the Indio lockup early this morning on suspicion of felony vandalism and resisting arrest, according to county jail records.

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