A Pleasant Hill man was arrested outside of his home after he allegedly tried to kidnap his girlfriend in Concord and officers found his residence had been booby-trapped with improvised explosive devices, Concord police said today. The incident began just before 10 p.m. Tuesday as a domestic disturbance call on Lee Lane off of David Avenue in Concord that allegedly involved 44-year-old Jason Neuhaus, according to police.
Neuhaus had allegedly tried to kidnap his girlfriend from a home where she was staying with family because of an earlier domestic violence incident, police said. Her family stopped Neuhaus from taking her and he allegedly retreated to his car, rammed a parked car and their front door, then drove away before officers arrived, police said. A man and woman in the home suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.
Officers then responded to Neuhaus’s home in the 1700 block of Ardith Lane in Pleasant Hill. Police suspected he had guns inside and he told police that he would blow up the house and make the officers kill him. The surrounding area was evacuated and the Concord police SWAT team responded. Neuhaus refused to surrender and after three hours of negotiation, police forced him out by firing tear gas into the house, police said.
Neuhaus ran from the house and police fired less-lethal projectiles at him until he surrendered, police said. While searching his home, officers found it allegedly rigged with explosives, police said. The Walnut Creek police bomb squad responded to dispose of the devices. Neuhaus was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Once released, he will be booked into jail on suspicion of felony domestic abuse, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder of a police officer and weapons and explosives offenses, police said.
Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call Detective Adam Hart at (925) 671-3040 or a police tip line at (925) 603-5836.
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