SILVER LAKE – Police sealed off a section of Silver Lake for about five hours today after what was initially believed to be a barricade situation with an armed man turned out to be a dispute between roommates, police said tonight. Traffic on Sunset Boulevard was shut down, businesses were forced to close and residents were not allowed to return home for several hours before police determined that no crime had taken place.
A woman in the 3300 block of Hamilton Way called LAPD at about 3:30 p.m. to report an assault with a deadly weapon. Police armed with rifles surrounded the residence for several hours but it turned out that the suspect, the woman’s male roommate, had not been at home during the entire incident. There had been no assault. In fact, the male roommate showed up at the scene after police contacted him, according LAPD spokeswoman Meghan Aguilar. A person who was briefly detained was released.
“There was no crime at this location and no one was being booked,” Aguilar said. She said investigators will be looking into whether the call to 911 “was a malicious intent to waste resources or was there an underlying cause.”
Aguilar said the “huge response” from the LAPD was warranted.
“We understand that this was a huge inconvenience,” Aguilar told reporters gathered tonight at Sunset and Micheltorena. “We had to make sure that we were protecting the public as if this was actually a hostage situation, and we had an armed and barricaded suspect.”
The incident forced the closure of Sunset Boulevard between Micheltorena Street and Vendome Street, forcing cars, trucks and buses to turn around or take detours through narrow side streets. Meanwhile, numerous restaurants and shops were closed and ordered evacuated by police.
Jimmy Su, owner of Haché LA, said officers told him to evacuate his Sunset Boulevard restaurant that was crowded with customers around 6:30 p.m. “We got the customers and employees out and locked up,” he said.
Sunset Boulevard was finally reopened around 9:30 p.m. as residents and business owners were allowed to return.
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