More information has been released in the police standoff earlier this week in Mankato.
The Mankato Department of Public Safety sent a detective to a home on North 5th Street to arrest 38-year-old Joshua Armendariz, who they said was released from jail while awaiting pending sentencing after pleading guilty to charges of making threats of violence, running from police, and felony domestic assault – but then violated the terms of his conditional release. However, when the officer arrived at the home he said Armendariz refused to surrender.
Although Armendariz was ordered not to contact the victim or her daughters, all three of whom investigators say were subjected to domestic violence by Armendariz – including some of the crimes for which he was awaiting sentencing –he was found to be staying at their home since his release from jail.
The woman told police that Armendariz had recently been acting “strange” and she believed both that he had begun using drugs again and that he may be bipolar. She described him as being hyper and said he had not been sleeping in the days leading up to the standoff.
Hours after Mankato Police, several area tactical teams, and other emergency response agencies surrounded the home Armendariz was arrested and taken to jail.
Court documents show his adult criminal history dates back to 1999 and Armendariz’s first domestic assault conviction was in 2001.
His rap sheet also shows assault or domestic assault-related convictions in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2016, and 2018.
Last year he was charged with several counts of domestic assault and other charges but records show most in that case were dismissed and Armendariz was convicted of violating a no-contact order.