Man Armed With Knife Arrested After Barricading Inside Costa Mesa Hotel, Prompting Evacuation: Police

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A man armed with a knife was arrested after making threats and barricading himself inside a hotel in Costa Mesa, police said.

The unidentified  man was apparently making suicidal threats when he went inside a room at the Regency Inn in the 2500 block of Newport Boulevard at around 2:30 p.m., Costa Mesa police spokesperson Roxi Fyad told KTLA.

Police believed the man might set a fire in the hotel room, and firefighters were called to the scene. The hotel was evacuated as a precaution.

The man did not appear to have set a fire, but barricaded inside for more than four hours until he was taken into custody at around 7:00 p.m., police said.

"Smoke was seen coming from the room but no fire," Costa Mesa Police said in a tweet.

Crisis negotiators and SWAT officers responded to the scene and talked to the man, Fyad said.

No other people were reported in the room with the man.

Fyad said traffic was backed up in the area due to the police activity. Residents and motorists were asked to avoid the area during the investigation. Streets reopened at around 7:45 p.m.

Authorities did not report any injuries during the incident.

No further details were immediately available.

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