A man was arrested Wednesday and Studio City residents were allowed to return home after an hourslong evacuation prompted by a suspected suicide attempt and threatening messages connected to a possible home foreclosure, police said.
Officers smelled gas around 3:30 a.m. when responding to reports of an attempted suicide at a home in the 12500 block of Landale Street (map), Los Angeles Police Department's Liliana Preciado said.
Several homes were evacuated due to a possible gas leak, officials initially said.
On-scene officials later said a generator next to the home was emitting carbon monoxide through a hose and into the home.
A threatening message on social media may have prompted the police presence, LAPD Captain Stephen Carmona said.
“There’s a posting on social media of a threat of the resident at that house," Carmona said. "Apparently he’s getting evicted from the house. … He made some threats on social media that they’d have to come and get him. There’s some threatening signs on his windows that if anyone comes to evict him they better say goodbye to their family. Things of that nature."
Sky5 aerials showed a man being arrested and surrounded by more than a dozen police officers around 8:30 a.m. Preciado confirmed that a man in his 40s was in custody.
A short time later, residents were allowed to return home.
Officers had responded to the home in the past month or two, Carmona said, and a "make shift" device was located at the home. Due to its presence, the bomb squad was called Wednesday.
Prior to the man's arrest, a robot could be seen making its way to the residence, where the website URL "WF-Bank-Fraud.blogspot.com" was written on the home's roof, Sky5 aerials showed. The website claimed a Wells Fargo bank had committed fraud, leading the the home foreclosure.
Carmona said the bomb squad's presence was a precautionary measure.
"I don't really see a lot of threat. We've evacuated just out of caution," Carmona said around 8 a.m. "It's just going to take us a couple hours to clear that house and make sure he's not in there and he's OK. At this point there doesn't seem any threat of an explosive."
It was unclear how many people were evacuated.
Los Angeles Fire Department officials also responded.
KTLA's Justin Burton contributed to this report.