LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Valley Village homeowner has taken CBS2 inside the battered residence where police flushed out an armed pursuit suspect Monday.
Authorities pursued 41-year-old Nolan Perez along several Southland freeways for more than an hour before he fled on foot and allegedly broke into Cynthia Duvall’s home.
CBS2’S Art Barron spoke with Duvall as she pointed to where shattered glass littered the residence – evidence of tear gas canisters thrown inside to flush Perez out. But she said she’s angry with Perez, not police, for tearing apart her home.
“I think it’s rotten that he would do this to someone’s house. Everything in here needs to be cleaned,” she said.
All but four of the home’s windows are damaged.
Cynthia and her ex-husband, Jeff Duvall, who lives in an efficiency behind the main house, said they counted 22 tear gas canister entry holes.
Within a matter of seconds, Barron reports you can feel your eyes and nose begin to sting from the lingering chemicals.
Cynthia said they will won’t be able to live in their home for the next several weeks.
“The LAPD said that they are responsible for the damage. But I can’t [submit] the claim without getting it all documented, so that’s going to take me a while,” she said.
She also said neither she nor Jeff have a relationship with the suspect, who they believe entered through the backdoor.
“We do not know him. We have never been associated with him,” she said.
Jeff was home at the time, but didn’t realize what was happenning until he spotted helicopters overhead. SWAT team members then told him he had to leave.
“They said, ‘Grab your ladder, get up on the wall,'” he recalled.
Authorities said Perez, who had a warrant out for his arrest on a domestic violence charge, was first seen in the 4900 block of Axtell Street at about 10:15 a.m. Monday when the pursuit ensued, continuing onto Interstate 10, the 101, 110, 5 and 170 freeways and reaching speeds up to 100 mph before he fled his vehicle.
He now faces a number of charges, from evading arrest to perhaps attempted murder on a peace officer, according to police.
Authorities previously told CBS2/KCAL9′s Serene Branson they found an assault rifle on the sofa inside the residence where Perez barricaded himself, and were investigating whether or not Perez fired at officers during the chase.
Court documents show Perez had a warrant for his arrest for seven counts of criminal threats. The documents also show Perez has prior convictions, including domestic violence, possession of a firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm.
The LAPD told CBS2/KCAL9 no one was injured during the pursuit, and no shots were fired by police.
Despite the headache of dealing with insurers, Cynthia and Jeff praise authorities for bringing a peaceful conclusion to the standoff.
“Police, the sheriff’s, the CHP, all the folks that did a professional job,” Jeff said.
The investigation is ongoing.