A man broke into a room at a nursing home armed with a knife and held an elderly resident and a nurse hostage in a room, and remained under arrest Saturday.

Brian Phillips, 30, was apparently under the influence of drugs and apparently attacked a patient and nurse at the Fredericka Manor, 183 Third Ave., at random. A police records check showed he was on parole and had prior arrests for narcotics violations.

The incident occurred at 6:42 p.m., Chula Vista Police Lt. Dan Peak said.

“Dispatch received a phone call from a man saying he had just broken into a room at Fredricka Manor while armed with a knife and was now holding hostages,” Peak said. “Officers responded to the scene within minutes and were able to verify two subjects were being held hostage inside an apartment.”

A Chula Vista SWAT and crisis negotiation team was mustered.

“But prior to SWAT arrival, Phillips exited the apartment and was taken into custody by patrol officers,” Peak said.

“Officers searched the apartment and the hostages were found inside a bathroom,” Peak said. “They were obviously shaken and upset, but not injured.”

Phillips was not injured, Peak said, but had no relationship to the hostage or nurse.

“He was also exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance,” Peak said.

Peak said Phillips was booked into San Diego County Jail on suspicion of numerous felony charges. His bail was set at $500,000.

City News Service