WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say an armed suspect holed up inside an apartment complex in West Hollywood for at least 12 hours has been taken into custody.
The tense armed standoff unfolded just around 11:15 p.m. Saturday in the 8200 block of De Longpre Avenue.
Residents in the complex and adjacent buildings were evacuated, and a SWAT team was sent to the location to assist deputies.
“I thought that this was actually a movie set so I was kind of shocked when I went up to the police officer and I was like, ‘Can I go home?’ and he was like, ‘No, you can’t.’ And I was like, ‘Why not? This is a movie set’,” said Isaac Jimenez, a neighbor.
Fourteen residents in the building had to evacuate. The street was also blocked off.
The suspect, who appeared to be naked, was taken into custody just after 7:10 a.m.
At one point, the SWAT team shot tear gas into the apartment where the suspect held authorities at bay.
Benjamin Owen Hales, 36, was later taken into custody, charged with burglary and vandalism.
Deputies described Hales as a transient with whom they had had prior contact.
“We don’t know how he made entry into the apartment complex but we do know that he made entry into the residence because the door was open and unlocked,” said Deputy Grace Medrano.
No further information was immediately available.