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8-hour Westwood standoff ends with suspect's arrest

August 13, 2009 |  7:01 pm

Standoff  Authorities ended an eight-hour standoff outside the Federal Building in Westwood tonight with the arrest of a man suspected of making threats against the White House.

After repeatedly firing tear gas into the suspect's Volkswagen Beetle, officers pulled him out and placed him under arrest. His condition was not known.


Apartment buildings near the Federal Building's parking lot, as well as some federal offices, were evacuated because of the standoff. Veteran Avenue and surrounding streets were closed.

The incident began with a pursuit through parts of the Westside and ended at the Federal Building, where the Los Angeles Police Department and UCLA police officers blocked the vehicle.

The Daily Breeze reported that the suspect is a 56-year-old man from Westchester. His mother told the paper that he suffers from depression.

The LAPD went to the man's home to search for bomb-making equipment but apparently didn't find any.

—Andrew Blankstein and Nicole Santa Cruz in Westwood

Photos: SWAT team members shoot a Taser at a suspect identified as Joseph Moshe before removing him from his vehicle in front of the Federal Building in Westwood. Moshe had fled after U.S. Secret Service agents attempted to arrest him near his Westchester home.

Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times