Man barricades himself in home for several hours after attacking neighbor, Glendale police say

Man barricades himself in home for several hours after attacking neighbor, Glendale police say
Glendale police have identified Stephen Fries as the man suspected of attacking a neighbor over a parking spot and then barricading himself inside his home for several hours on Wednesday. (Courtesy of the Glendale Police Department)

Authorities arrested a Glendale man suspected of barricading himself inside his home for four hours Wednesday after he reportedly got into a fight with a neighbor over a parking spot.

Police identified him as 40-year-old Stephen Fries. The argument began sometime around 1:30 p.m. near Fries' home off of Boynton Street and Palmer Avenue.


Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department, said Fries told the neighbor he couldn't park his car on the street, while the other man said he was within his legal rights.

"An argument ensued and then a physical altercation started," Suttles said.

Fries allegedly struck the man several times and ran back into his home and then refused to leave.

The other man, described as being in his 40s or 50s, suffered a broken ankle and lacerations to the face. He was transported to a nearby hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

The victim told officers Fries had used metal pipe to strike him, according to Suttles.

"[The neighbor's injuries] are of such a nature that, just by sight, you look at this guy and … you think he must've been hit by something," he said.

However, Suttles said police could not locate any weapon, and witnesses said Fries was not holding anything when he ran inside.

Police then spent several hours negotiating with Fries to leave his home. He eventually complied with officers just after 5:30 p.m. and was taken into custody without further incident, according to Suttles.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Glendale police at (818) 548-4911.

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March 8, 4:55 p.m.: This article was updated with the suspected attacker's name and a possible motive for the crime.

This article was originally published on March 7 at 6:10 p.m.