Police use pizza as bait to lure Boyle Heights robbery suspect out of Hollenbeck Park Lake

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BOYLE HEIGHTS – A robbery suspect who tried to evade police by jumping into Hollenbeck Park Lake eventually surrendered early this morning after officers offered him a slice of pizza.

Police were called after a woman reported being robbed near Hollenbeck Park at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, said Sgt Barragan with the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division.  Officers tried to make contact with the suspect but he fled and ran into the lake in the center of the park where he remained for several hours during a standoff with police,  Barragan said. He eventually emerged from the water after being offered a slice of pizza by officers, Barragan said.

The man was arrested and taken to a hospital for evaluation, Barragan said.

Lucy Guanuna  is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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  1. but what KIND of pizza? Need to keep that pizza kryptonite on hand for self-defense!

  2. word on the street is he held out for stuffed crust after turning down little caesers

  3. This article missed the whole part about him either being on some *serious* drugs or his being mentally ill (or both). He had stripped off his pants and was standing in the water in his underwear, talking to himself, and writing on concrete with a pen. Good looking dude, too, but he apparently has a LOT of problems.

  4. Well did they let him eat it or not??? I’m assuming he was immediately hand cuffed so it would be hard to eat a slice. But a man’s word is his word. Hope he got the slice!


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