A 71-year-old Rancho Mirage man was free Tuesday on $25,000 bail after police say he threatened his neighbor with a gun, and then engaged police in an hours-long standoff, according to police and jail reports.
Stephen Hoesche was arrested at a home in the 71000 block of Biskra Road, in a neighborhood just west of Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive, at about 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to Riverside County Sheriff's Sergeant Andrew Nielsen.
His arrest came about three hours after a man who lives there reported that he was assaulted with a weapon, according to Neilsen.
"The victim, a 51-year-old white male who was a resident of the location, reported another resident had assaulted him with a weapon," Neilsen said.
When police got to the scene shortly after that call at 2:19 p.m., "the suspect was seen with a firearm and he retreated inside the residence and repeatedly refused commands given to surrender," the sergeant said.
Hoesche eventually gave himself up to police, and was arrested. Sheriff's officials say they found a firearm inside his house.
He was booked at the Indio jail on assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats, according to jail records.