Wanted Domestic Violence Suspect in Custody
South Lake Tahoe, CA (January 23, 2018) - On January 22nd, 2018 at about 4:30 PM, officers from the South Lake Tahoe police department received a call that Brandon Bannowski had violated a Restraining Order and entered the home of his ex-girlfriend, threated her with a baseball bat and choked her.
It was believed that Bannowski was still in her house when we arrived in the 900 block of Linda Ave. Bannowski has a long history of violence including arrests involving firearms and robbery. Bannowski refused to come out of the house to the patrol officer’s demands and told officers that he had armed himself with a firearm. Due to risk of injury to Bannowski and officers, it was decided to deploy the SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams to attempt to call him out. Bannowski was able to escape by unknown means during this transition time.
On January 23rd, at about 7:30 am, the victim came home to find Bannowski asleep in her bed. Officers responded back out and a foot pursuit ensued. Bannowski fled to the area of Tahoe Keys state streets by hopping fences and running through backyards. Bannowski was eventually apprehended by officers and K-9 behind O’Reilly auto parts, 2317 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Bannowski was taken to Barton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and booked into El Dorado County Jail on charges of domestic battery causing traumatic injury, violating a restraining order, brandishing a weapon, and resisting arrest.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department would like to express their appreciation to the residents of South Lake Tahoe for cooperating and reporting sightings of the suspect while the foot pursuit was in progress. We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to our allied agencies, El Dorado County Sheriff’s department and the California Highway Patrol for the assistance this morning. Because of your help, the suspect was apprehended with only minor injuries and no officers were injured today.