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Burglary suspect arrested after standoff in Winnetka

January 24, 2009 |  3:43 pm

A burglary suspect who barricaded himself inside a house in Winnetka was arrested today after SWAT unit officers disabled him with tear gas and then stormed in, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The eleven-hour standoff ended about 2:35 a.m. when police arrested Michael Krieger, 32.  Police said he had been wanted in connection with a string of auto burglaries.

Police said the incident began Friday afternoon in the 2600 block of Saticoy Street when Krieger spotted officers in the area and fled into the house.

Police found a sawed-off shotgun inside Krieger's green Ford Explorer, parked outside the home, Sgt. Alex Kim of LAPD's Topanga Division said. Believing Krieger was armed, police called in officers from the Special Weapons and Tactics unit.

Four other people were in the home, but all of them came out when ordered to leave, said Officer Sam Park, an LAPD spokesman.

One of them, Kimberly Angarella, 21, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen credit cards, Park said, noting that the arrest was not related to the investigation. No other arrests were made, and no injuries were reported.

The standoff occurred two miles from where Officer Randal Simmons, a SWAT team member, was shot and killed in February during a standoff. 

-- Ruben Vives