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12/13/2012 3:50:00 PM
Day long hostage situation ends with suspect in custody
Blythe law enforcement responded to a hostage situation on the east side of town on Dec. 13, 2012.

Jaclyn Randall
Former Times Editor


BLYTHE - Benji Gallegos was taken into custody this afternoon after an intense hostage situation that began at the Baldwin Apartments this morning just after 8 a.m. and ended at the Silsby Apartments.

Blythe Police and Blythe Fire Department received a call about a fire in an apartment at the Baldwin Apartments and that there was someone inside who may have a gun.

The police evacuated the residents in close proximity and surrounded the apartment that was on fire. The police then kicked in the door and Blythe Fire began attempting to extinguish the fire.

After the fire was put out, the police searched the home and found that it was empty.

At the same time another resident came around a corner and said that someone had just pulled a gun on him and pointed at a person running away.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Office helped in the search for the person and did not locate him.

A car then came out from the complex at a high rate of speed and bumped cars and hit two firefighters who were still dealing with the apartment fire. The car was seen leaving the apartment complex and headed west on Barnard.

The police and sheriff's did not locate the suspect again until he was seen on foot at the Silsby Apartments on N. Ninth St.

The police asked the suspect to stop, who by this time had been identified as Gallegos. Gallegos ignored the request and broke a patio window out of an apartment with the single-barrel shotgun he had in his possession.

At this time a resident and her child came out of the front door and she informed the officers and deputies who had arrived on scene as backup that her husband was still inside.

Several hours later, Gallegos turned over the shotgun to officers after some negotiating but still held onto a handgun and the hostage.

The suspect remained inside the apartment until just before 2 p.m. when he turned over his handgun.

Gallegos was taken into custody and went to Palo Verde Hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident.

The hostage, identified as Marcel Thompson, was released with no injuries and was able to be reunited with his family at the scene.

More information about the situation will be come as details are released.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Former Blythe Resident

Mr Shupe, to your comments i wasn't just talkin bout crime.i was talkin bout everyday quality of life..that town died years ago.And your right Blythe is better off without me & my family thanks.Life has never been better for us.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Great Guy

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: What Really

Border Patrol really held this together and so did a lot of other law enforcement but blythe pd they need to really get to it...So many things going on right infront of there face and they have gotten to comfroatable with the way the town is headed work harder blythe pd and we would be in hell if we didn't have all these other agencies always backing you up!

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Really People

Really----some of you people commenting say the dumbest things. Things that have nothing to do with this situation. Get real. Support our town and officers and fire dept and the work they do and pray for the families involved.
I think some of you are just sick/stupid.


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: shain haas

To Save the child, I am completely for helping our youth. I am just amazed though how everyone is so intent on believing this is somehow the fault of our local governments. What ever happened to personal responsibility? The parents need to draw a line in the sand. The more government facilitys we create to raise our children cause we fail to, the more parents will opt out of their responsibilitys. I saw the parents of children getting in trouble need to start flippin the bill for these facilitys you waqnt so bad.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: take responsibility

People need to stop blaming the little town of Blythe for everything. You have a mind of your own & only you chance to change whatever it is you want to change. Violence is everywhere.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: agree with former blythe resident

i agree with you former blythe resident. i moved away a few years ago and thank the lord everyday that he allowed me to have the presence of mind to get up and move. sure there is crime where i live now but the city i live in also is large enough where i can not have to have it in my back yard. there is not a place to get away from it. i can chose not to go to the ghetto, in blythe, everywhere is the ghetto.

also want to say good job to all the LEO involved in this. Great job.


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Im so glad everyone is ok.

Its to bad that something so negative happened in such a great town.
But, Im so glad to hear on the positive note that everyone is ok thats the most important thing. Im so glad Marcel is ok Prayers to him & the Firefighters and anyone else involved. Thank You to all the Law Enforcement agencies involved to resolve the situation.


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: No Name

Thanks to the border patrol also.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Great Guy

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: No Name

I knew Benji from back in school, he was a really good person, he just picked the wrong road to go down. We all need to pray for him and hopefully he gets help in prison and learns from his mistakes. Note to everyone before commenting on my post: Im not saying what he did wasnt wrong cause it was.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: It was a matter of Time!

Strike one 1990's, strike two 2000's, Strike three 2012. Well as time goes by the only thing that stays the same is the three strikes law. 5,10,15 years to Life. . . . .It surely does not look good for you Sir. Get comfortable living in prison and welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. Im guessing you would have liked to replay this part of your life and maybe make a better decision, but such is life. Goodluck, you'll need it. May God have mercy on you. (because the Judge probably won't)

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe's Entertainer U2CanBeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

One Less Obamabot at the Polls come vote'n day..............

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Leap Frog

Would treatment for Mr. Gallegos by the members of the MEC constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

What a way to get off the hook.


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Wyatt Earp

(deleted) Google the Superior Court website, and you will see this man is a repeat offender. Hopefully he will be locked away for a very long time this time. I am grateful that the hostage wasn't hurt, and I am grateful for ALL law enforcement agencies that participated in a hectic day! I am praying for the two fireman that were injured and their families.

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