Plumas County man accused of stealing woman’s car after threatening her with hammer, locking her in bathroom

Plumas County man accused of stealing woman’s car after threatening her with hammer, locking her in bathroom

A Plumas County man has been arrested for allegedly stealing an elderly woman’s car after threatening her with a hammer, among other suspected crimes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

On the morning of May 17, deputies responded to a home on Alter Street in Quincy. The homeowner, an elderly woman, told them a man had entered her home and demanded her car keys while holding a hammer. After she gave him the keys, he allegedly locked her in the bathroom and fled with her car, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office learned that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen one — a blue Subaru station wagon — had been seen on a property on Alder Court. The property owner told the Sheriff’s Office that the driver had tried to drive across her footbridge and, when confronted, fled the scene and collided with a gate. Deputies reportedly later found the vehicle abandoned on Oak Street.

Deputies responded to that area and began searching, ultimately located a man matching the suspect description hiding in the bushes near Quincy Elementary, which was then promptly locked down for a Code Red notification. The suspect fled again on foot.

Dispatch then received word that a resident had called to report an unknown man in her backyard. A deputy responded to the residence and reportedly found the suspect, identified as 26-year-old James Swangler, hiding in a shed.

Swangler was arrested after a short physical confrontation and booked on suspicion of robbery, false imprisonment, vehicle theft, and assault on a peace officer causing injury. He is also suspected in an alleged traffic collision and possession of a stolen vehicle case from the previous day, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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