Man in Custody After Reports of Bomb Threat at South Gate Mall

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A man was taken into custody at South Gate Towne Center after reports of a bomb threat on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

Police on Friday morning took a man into custody outside a mall in South Gate following reports of a possible bomb threat.

News video showed officers and the man in an hourlong standoff that ended shortly after 6 a.m. near a parking structure on the north side of the South Gate Towne Center, which was locked down during the incident.

A spokesperson for the Downey Police Department said personnel from that agency were assisting South Gate police officers at the scene, in the 8600 block of Garfield Avenue (map).

With guns drawn, authorities instructed the man to walk backward toward a fire hydrant and put down the backpack he was carrying. He then approached police with his hands in the air, laid face-down on the ground and was taken into custody.

No other information was immediately available.