Officers move in on a suspect barricaded inside a building on Pacific Avenue between Mason and Powell streets in San Francisco's Chinatown District Friday, June 3, 2016. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Suspect in Chinatown standoff to appear in court Tuesday

The man who held off police for hours Friday in Chinatown before being arrested has been charged with a number of felonies including burglary and resisting arrest, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Jesse Eckardt, 27, was charged with two counts of felony first-degree burglary, one felony count of commercial burglary, three felony counts of resisting arrest with use of force, one count of felony vandalism, and three counts of misdemeanor vandalism, aggravated trespassing and resisting arrest.

He was also charged with a series of crimes for injuring the officers who finally arrested him. Those charges include three felony counts of assault on a police officer and one felony count resisting arrest causing great bodily injury.

Eckardt was arrested Friday after an hours-long standoff, which left six officers injured. Eckardt had been attempting to burglarize a Chinatown apartment before barricading himself in the apartment with a gun.

He was set to appear for arraignment Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Hall of Justice.

The incident began at about 9:20 a.m. Friday after a resident called 911 to report a suspect was attempting to break into his home in the 900 block of Pacific Avenue.

When officers arrived, Eckardt was still inside and retreated to a back room where he barricaded himself and fired at least one shot, police said.

Meanwhile, officers brought the resident out of the building and told other nearby residents to shelter in place.

Hostage negotiators failed to coax Eckardt out of the apartment. Police then used two flash bang grenades.

Around 2:30 p.m., Eckardt jumped through a skylight and into a nearby hair salon. Covered in broken glass, Eckardt became violent with the people inside the business.

“He was actively fighting by biting and spitting and with glass all over him,” said Officer Grace Gatandan at the scene. “He was cutting people with glass.”

The suspect continued biting and spitting at officers as they took him into custody. Six officers sustained injuries and were taken to a hospital, along with the suspect.

Because there was blood-on-blood contact between the suspect and officers, the officers planned be tested at the hospital as well.

“We won’t know the nature of their conditions until all the testing is complete,” Gatpandan said Friday.


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