Suspect In Stolen Vehicle Pursuit Arrested After Rooftop Standoff

WESTWOOD (CBS) — SWAT officers arrested a suspect who ran onto the roof of a Westwood home after a short vehicle pursuit Thursday.

Police said they received a call shortly after 7:50 a.m. about a possible stolen Toyota Camry.

After running the license plate, police attempted to pull over the driver. He then led officers on a short pursuit that ended along the 800 block of Malcolm Avenue in Westwood about one block east of UCLA.

Police surrounded the house and tried to coax the man down, but he refused, bouncing along the rooftop and even occasionally jumping from home-to-

A SWAT team and crisis negotiators responded to the scene, but the man remained on the roof. LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh said the man threatened officers.

Shortly after 1 p.m., police fired a volley of bean-bag projectiles at the suspect, and he immediately raised his hands and scrambled toward a ramp that the SWAT team had extended to the roof. He dropped face-down on the roof and was quickly swarmed by officers who searched him for weapons and handcuffed him.

The man’s name was not immediately released.

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