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8-hour standoff with armed man locked in luxury hotel room ends with SWAT breaking down door

An eight-hour standoff between LAPD officers and a man who said he was armed with a gun inside a room at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles ended early Thursday when police broke down the door and arrested him.

The incident began Wednesday evening  after a security guard said an armed man was believed to be barricaded inside a room, Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Some guests were evacuated and crisis negotiators responded.

No one was hurt.


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This always amazes me.

I have a gun and someone sees it. I go to my house or room and lock the door and do not come back out. Someone calls the police and they come, break down the door and arrest me.......for what?

I can own a gun legally and I can have a home legally, rent a hotel room legally, even have a gun in my room or home legally so why do the police show up and demand I come out with the gun. What if I just do not want to be bothered with ANYONE? Is that illegal? Where can I go just to be left alone by everyone? Sometimes we just need a break and some silence!!!!!

What is that about???? Go catch a pedophile, an illegal immigrant, a drunk driver.....leave people alone who do not want to be bothered.

so are we to assume Charlie Sheen now has a gun and staying in downtown????

Hussain it is still against the law to refuse to pay your hotel tab and then brandish a gun when security tells you to leave. Had he just exited as he was told it would have saved taxpayers the money in dealing with an idiot like this

Yes Hussain.....when security comes to your Hotel room and you threaten that you have a gun, you better expect there will be a situation. So your point makes no sense.

Hussain, Let's see, a guest does not pay his bill, threatens hotel security with it and refuses to leave and you don't see the problem? So far there is two misdemeanors and one felony! You can own a gun legally, but you cannot carried a loaded gun in public. A hotel is a public place. Also, you cannot threaten ANYONE with a gun and just walk away and not expect the police to take intrest. Even to your own home!

This is for HUSSAIN!
He is so amazed, he dosnt see the light. First of all do you think an organization like SWAT is going to come out and bust a door down for no reason. Come on, First know the swat criteria before you talk. For a SWAT incident there has to be a crime a gun and a refusal to surender.

What happend that night is the security went to his room. He then told them that he had a gun and will shoot them if they try to remove him.....So there is several crimes. Further more if SWAT is breaking down doors the have a Warrant signed by a Superior Court Judge and reviewed by the DA's office.

So Hussain, before you talk, THINK or Reserch...And yes I do have Typos but im in a hurry to brake more doors down for no reason..!!!


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