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Teens arrested after five-hour standoff in Eastside apartment

Two drunk teenagers who fought with a hospital security guard before starting a five-hour standoff with police at a Boyle Heights apartment complex surrendered Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The teens, aged 19 and 16, were visiting their ailing grandmother at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center on Tuesday night when they got into an altercation with an armed security guard in the emergency room, police said.

The two had been drinking, police said.

When a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy arrived to assist, the two fled to a nearby apartment, throwing rocks and bottles at officers before holing up inside, said LAPD Sgt. Michael Morisseau.

In the apartment unit were 11-year-old twins and a 5-year-old, police said.

The suspects ignored commands to come out, and after five hours, special weapons and tactics officers prepared to force their way in. At that point, the suspects surrendered, police said.

Both were arrested just before 4 a.m. on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.


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