Police: Neighbor Pours Lighter Fluid on Baby, Barricades Himself Inside Home

SACRAMENTO -- Police in Sacramento say a North Sacramento man barricaded himself inside his home after he reportedly poured lighter fluid on a baby on the other side of his fence Saturday evening.

The 1-year-old child was not injured, investigators say.

"It was an ugly thing, ugly feeling," Francisco Montoya, the girl's father, told FOX40 through a translator.

Montoya was in his backyard hosting a cookout when he saw some sort of fluid flying over his neighbor's fence into his yard.

"As the liquid was being thrown, they were right there barbecuing," Montoya said. "Imagine it catches onto the grill, it could have been an explosion or some type of other thing."

According to the police department, officers tried to speak with the man but he barricaded himself inside his home on Estes Way and threatened officers with a knife.

"He was uncooperative and he actually barricaded himself inside of the house," Sacramento police spokesman Sergeant Vance Chandler said. "He displayed a knife to our officers."

Police later identified the man as 34-year-old Roddy Martinez.

SWAT officers and crisis negotiators responded to the scene, but police say officers used "chemical agents" to get Martinez to come outside after nearly nine hours.

Martinez tried to run, Chandler said, but was caught by a K-9.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment and later arrested, police said.

Martinez is now at the Sacramento County Main Jail where he’s charged with violation of probation, resisting arrest, endangering the life of a child and assault with caustic chemicals -- but he denies any wrongdoing.

Martinez told FOX40 he locked his doors because police "had no purpose to be there."

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