A man who was arrested after barricading himself inside a North Hollywood home following a high-speed pursuit was arraigned in court on Thursday in connection with criminal threats he allegedly made against an ex-girlfriend, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Nolan Perez, 41, pleaded not guilty to domestic-violence related charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Perez, who has multiple prior convictions according to a criminal complaint, has been charged with one count of stalking and six counts of making criminal threats, according to the DA’s office.
He had been wanted in connection with making criminal threats when he was spotted by authorities on Monday morning and allegedly took off in a red Nissan Altima, leading officers on a high-speed chase that spanned several L.A. area freeways, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
At one point during the pursuit, Perez allegedly held what appeared to be an assault rifle out of the car window, aerial video showed.
The pursuit ended off of the freeway in North Hollywood when the car came to a stop in North Hollywood and Perez allegedly got out of the vehicle carrying the weapon.
After being spotted on top of a roof, Perez came down and allegedly barricaded himself inside a home in the 11500 block of Hartsook Street (map), prompting a massive police response and the evacuation of homes and schools in the area.
Several hours later, police fired tear gas into the home and Perez came out of the home where he surrendered and was taken into custody by police.
The LAPD was continuing an investigation into Monday’s incident, according to the DA’s office.