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Police in standoff with suspect who made threats against White House [Updated]

August 13, 2009 | 11:07 am

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A standoff between a motorist and Los Angeles police is occurring at the Federal Building in Westwood. 

A law enforcement source told The Times that the suspect allegedly made an unspecified threat against the White House and that the Secret Service was involved.

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[Updated at 12:16 p.m.: Police evacuated apartment buildings near the Federal Building's parking lot, as well as some federal offices. A robot equipped with a camera was placed next to the car so that officers could get a look at what was going on inside. Veteran Avenue has been closed.]

The incident began with a pursuit through parts of the Westside and ended at the federal building, where LAPD and UCLA police officers blocked the vehicle, KTLA News reported. KTLA chopper footage showed numerous police vehicles parked at the federal building and in nearby side streets.

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Details about the incident are still sketchy. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Ruben de la Torre said the case involves a felony warrant and that one apartment house next to where the suspect's car is parked is being evacuated as a precaution.

More breaking details here from KTLA.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photos: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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