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Man surrenders after standoff in Highland Park

November 7, 2009 | 11:38 pm

A man in his 20s barricaded himself for hours inside a Highland Park apartment building tonight after being pursued by officers, Los Angeles police said.

As they surrounded the building, officers evacuated residents in neighboring apartments as well as patients in a nearby convalescent home, said LAPD Sgt. Douglas Bowler.

"He forced his way into someone else's apartment," Bowler said. "We didn't know if he was armed or not. We evacuated them because we didn't know what his situation was."

The incident began shortly after 5:30 pm at Figueroa Street and Avenue 40, where officers attempted to stop the driver of a minivan with stolen license plates. Three others jumped out of the minivan as police attempted to pull the vehicle over, Bowler said.

The driver then went into a building near Figueroa Street and Woodside Drive, Bowler said.

He surrendered about 11 p.m.

-- David Zahniser