El Monte man barricades himself, sets fire to own apartment
A man who barricaded himself and set fire to his El Monte apartment was in custody Friday for mental evaluation, El Monte police said.
Shen Myint-Thu Latweef, described as being in his mid-40s, barricaded himself inside his apartment in the 3700 block of Peck Road at about 4:15 p.m. late Thursday afternoon, police said. A manager of the apartment complex had called police after overhearing Latweef argue over the phone with a family member and seeing him acting strangely, they said.
"[Latweef] does have a past history of mental issues," said Lt. Dan Burlingham, a watch commander for El Monte police.
Sometime during the standoff, police reported that the man set a fire inside his apartment and then proceeded to put it out, officials said.
Residents were evacuated from the complex as a result, but police could not confirm how many people were affected. No one was hurt during the standoff, Burlingham said.
At about 7:30 p.m., a SWAT team was called to negotiate with Latweef, officials said, and they entered the apartment at about 2:30 a.m. Friday and took him into custody. No details were released about how the SWAT team was able to get into the apartment.
Latweef is being detained for a 72-hour mental evaluation, police said.
-- Melissa Leu
Image: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.