Man Wearing Vest With Protruding Wires in Custody After Standoff at Hawthorne Wells Fargo

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A man wearing a vest with wires protruding from it barricaded himself inside a Hawthorne Wells Fargo bank branch Wednesday evening, and the ensuing standoff with police lasted eight hours before he was taken into custody.

Hawthorne Police Lt. Jim Royer said the vest was not a bomb and the man was not armed. He was taken into custody about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Royer said.

The man’s motive was unclear, and Royer said he did not communicate with police “throughout the entire incident.”

About 6:25 p.m., bank workers called authorities when the man — wearing the vest under a camouflage jacket — refused to leave the bank at closing time, said Royer. An employee told authorities that the man had been to the bank previously.

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