Several Echo Park residents noticed all the police activity Thursday afternoon near the Echo Park Recreation Center at Echo Park and Bellevue avenues, where a group of undercover officers had gathered and police conducted a search near the Hollywood Freeway. Police descended on the area after a detective who was driving on the freeway noticed a man near a car parked on the highway shoulder. The man had a pistol in his waistband. Other units were called in and the man was apprehended but a gun was not recovered, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division. Here are the details from Buhrmester:
“At about 3:05 pm, an Olympic Division detective was driving on the Hollywood Freeway northbound at Glendale Boulevard, when he glanced over at what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on the shoulder. Traffic was moving slowly. The driver, an adult male, walked to the back of the car, and the detective saw the butt of a gun in his rear waistband. His shirt rode up in the back, exposing it. The detective, in the flow of traffic, drove past the subject and his car, but radioed in his observations. He exited at the next ramp, while other units approached from south to north, to approach the situation from behind.
The subject saw approaching marked units, and ran north from the freeway onto Glendale Boulevard into the area of the park. A containment was established, and he was taken into custody without incident at Bellevue Avenue and Douglas Street. There were patrol officers and also gang unit officers, who were in plain clothes with “raid jackets” since they had served search warrants earlier in the day.”