North Hollywood Standoff Ends; Suspect In Custody

North Hollywood Standoff Ends; Suspect In Custody

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North Hollywood, CA - Update from Olga Ospina:


Cynthia Duvall, nervous but relieved, as the barricade situation with a gunman inside her North Hollywood home came to an end Monday afternoon.

A frightening situation as the suspect allegedly threatened to kill a woman and led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Los Angeles before holing himself up in Cynthia's house for hours. Fortunately she was at work when the suspect broke in, her roommate and daughter were gone as well. However her ex-husband, who lives in the back house, was home at the time. SWAT officers escorted him to safety. Meanwhile, Cynthia and her roommate's 2 dogs were inside with the gunman during the standoff, as SWAT officers deployed teargas into the house.

Fortunately, both dogs seemed to be doing OK after the ordeal came to an end.

It was also a tense situation for many parents and students as several area schools were a lockdown during the gunman's hours long standoff with police. Some of the schools on lockdown Monday: Colfax Charter Elementary, St. Paul First Lutheran, Lankershim Elementary, and Oakwood school. At Oakwood school, officers escorted the students to a nearby park where parents anxiously waited to be reunited with their children.





LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man wanted for allegedly repeatedly threatening to kill a woman led police on a chase today from El Sereno to North Hollywood, where he holed up inside a home with an assault rifle, prompting an hours-long
standoff that ended when officers fired tear gas into the house.
  
The suspect -- later identified as 41-year-old Nolan Perez -- was spotted around 10:15 a.m. in the 4900 block of Axtell Street in the El Sereno area, police said. Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the man was suspected of making criminal threats at the same location, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
  
Perez was charged earlier today with stalking and six counts of making criminal threats, according to the District Attorney's Office. According to court papers, Perez allegedly made repeated threats between May 19 and Friday to kill a woman. His relationship with the woman was not immediately known.
  
Smith said that when the suspect was spotted by officers, he fled, driving along various surface streets near downtown Los Angeles, then onto the Hollywood (101), Pasadena (110), Golden State (5) and Hollywood (170) freeways.
 
At least once during the chase, the suspect pointed a rifle out of the car window, but it was unclear if he actually fired any shots.
About 11:30 a.m., the suspect came to a stop on a North Hollywood surface street and -- armed with a rifle -- got out of the car and ran into a neighborhood in the 11500 block of Hartsook Street. At one point, he climbed
onto a rooftop and appeared to rest before climbing down, eventually making his
way inside a home.
  
Police set up a blocks-wide perimeter around the home, evacuating neighbors and forcing lockdowns at several area schools. Colfax Charter Elementary School, North Hollywood High School, Lankershim Elementary School and Reed Middle School were among the schools placed on lockdown, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District. The schools were generally out of
session for the summer, meaning only faculty and staff were on the campuses, although some students were believed to be in summer programs at Colfax.
  
Students at Oakwood School, a private school that was in session today, were locked down for a time, but around 2 p.m., they were escorted by authorities to a nearby park to be picked up by their parents. Around 3 p.m., police fired tear gas canisters into the where the suspect was holed up. After a few minutes, the man came out -- unarmed -- and dropped face-down on the ground. SWAT officers moved in and took him into
custody.
  
According to court papers, Perez has prior convictions for domestic violence, unlawfully firing a weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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