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Armed Man Barricades Himself Inside Home in South El Monte; LASD Investigating

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are shown at the scene of a barricaded man inside a home in South El Monte on June 11, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles County deputies responded to an armed man barricaded inside a home in South El Monte after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend on Sunday.

Authorities were called to a home in the 9600 block of El Poche Street around 1:19 p.m after reports of a suspect armed with a knife.

“Upon arrival deputies found out that the victim had run outside the house,” said Sgt. Vincent Plair. “She talked to the deputies and said her boyfriend threatened her with a knife and she ran outside for help.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau and Crisis Negotiation Team entered the home and arrested 51-year-old Martin E. Hernandez around 7:30 p.m. after a six-hour standoff, officials said.

Authorities shut off gas supply to the home during the incident after Hernandez allegedly made threats to burn the residence down, the Department said in a press release.

Surrounding homes were evacuated during the standoff, according to the Department.

Authorities have not yet released a description of the man, but said that he has a criminal background with “domestic violence type issues” and an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.

The victim was unharmed during the incident and a knife was found on the scene, authorities added.