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By Matthew Gonzalez
Observer Staff Writer 

LAPD Barricades naked Suspect With Sword in Venice, California

LAPD took the suspect into custody with only a towel on.

 

December 26, 2022

CBS LA

LAPD arrests suspect who confronted a woman inside her home wearing only a towel and brandishing a sword.

Venice resident Marcia Davalos says she returned home Wednesday to find a strange man wrapped in a towel inside. 

"He said that it was his place," she told CBS News. "The minute I walked in I was like 'What are you doing here and he was like I live here and I was like no you don't. You don't live here.'"

The suspect seemed to be armed with a knife and sword in a video that Davalos sent to police. The weapons instigated a massive response from LAPD, with a SWAT team, air support and even a robot. 

The initial call was received by police at 12:26 p.m. regarding a man with a sword outside of a residence in the 400 block of Santa Clara Avenue in Venice, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im.

Police responded but the suspect went inside and refused to come out, prompting a response from a SWAT team to negotiate his surrender.

The suspect eventually exited the residence around 4:30 p.m., and was seen being taken into custody wearing only a towel.

 

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