Police raid Glendale complex looking for suspect on the run

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
Ruben Valdez was arrested in Glendale after a brief barricade situation. By Alicia Barron Ruben Valdez was arrested in Glendale after a brief barricade situation. By Alicia Barron

GLENDALE -- Two men are in custody after a police barricade situation that started with a traffic stop near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road on Thursday.

Officers allegedly pulled over a car because they wanted to talk to 24-year-old Victor Ted Hernandez about a homicide investigation. Police said another occupant, 30-year-old Ruben Valdez, bailed out of the car with a gun and fled into the apartment of Robert Hardiman.

Hardiman tells 3TV, "He didn't really hold me hostage, but he had a gun so I was scared. I didn't think he was going to hurt me."

Police surrounded the apartment complex after Valdez barricaded himself inside the apartment. Officers were able to establish contact with Valdez and persuaded him to come out of the apartment.

Valdez allegedly was armed with a handgun, which was found in Hardiman's apartment. During an extensive search of the suspect vehicle, officers found cocaine packaged for sale and additional ammunition.

Detectives were unable to gather information on the homicide investigation but both Hernandez and Valdez face a list of charges including possession of narcotic drugs for sale, transportation of narcotic drugs, federal weapons violation and gang threats.