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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Police standoff shuts down Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park

Update @ 8:18 am: A police SWAT team entered the store and found no one inside, one resident reports.

The LAPD this morning has surrounded an Echo Park pawnshop where a burglary suspected is believed to be holed up inside. A three block section of Sunset Boulevard between Echo Park Avenue and Lemoyne Street has been closed off, according to nearby residents. Police arrived before 6 a.m. at the pawnshop located on the ground floor of the Jensen’s Recreation Center, a neighborhood landmark at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Logan St.

A police officer at the Rampart Division station had no details about the incident. It’s not clear whether a burglary was in progress or what exactly triggered the police response. One tenant who lives in the apartments above the Jensen storefronts said police have not attempted to evacuate the building.

Tenants are watching the scene from their windows and have listened to police repeatedly order the suspect “to come out with your hands up” and threaten to send in dogs. But tenants were pretty calm about the situation.

“I’m sitting here in my bathrobe watching,” said one resident.

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