Whittier Police Standoff Ends Peacefully; Man in Custody

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An hourslong police standoff in Whittier ended Friday morning after a woman who had been held hostage was released unharmed and a man surrendered peacefully, authorities said.


A SWAT team responded to a hostage situation in Whittier on April 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident concluded about 4:22 a.m., more than 12 hours after it began, according to Officer Brad White of the Whittier Police Department.

The woman “is alright,” White said. “She came out first and she is being checked out by paramedics.”

Officers responded about 4 p.m. Thursday to a disturbance call in the 7900 block of Bright Avenue (map), where they found several broken windows at a residence and heard yelling, police said.

The man was holding a woman hostage inside the home, Lt. Mike Przybyl said.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team was called to the scene, and a crisis negotiator spoke with the man in the hours before the barricade situation ended.

“All I heard was a glass shattered, which was the window, and I heard a girl saying ‘help, help,'” said Clarabell Sotello, who lives next door to the apartment where the man was barricaded. “The guy said, ‘I have a knife. I’m going to kill her.’ So at that point I called 911.”

Sotello was among the dozens of residents in the area whose homes were evacuated during the incident. There were allowed to return home Friday morning after the standoff ended.

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