Homicide Suspect Arrested After Barricade Situation in Rancho Palos Verdes

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A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy stands near a patrol vehicle in the 2000 block of Van Karajan Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes on Dec. 7, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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A 55-year-old murder suspect was taken into custody Monday after barricading himself for hours inside a home in Rancho Palos Verdes, authorities said.

The man, whose name was not released, had been wanted in connection with the killing of 39-year-old Anthony Depiazza, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The deceased victim was found in a shallow grave in Riverside County last month, the news release said. Investigators believe the body was dumped there after the homicide occurred at a Rancho Palos Verdes residence in the 2000 block of Van Karajan Drive.

Deputies on Monday served a search warrant at that location, where several residents of the house were detained, the Sheriff’s Department said.

When the murder suspect refused to exit a bedroom, a standoff involving a sheriff’s SWAT team ensued, according to the statement. The man eventually surrendered and was arrested.

Homicide investigators interviewed the suspect and people who lived in the home, which they searched for evidence related to Depiazza’s death, officials said.

No other information was immediately available.

Anyone with information about the killing was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Those who wish to provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-8477, or texting the letters TIPLA plus a tip to CRIMES (274637), or by visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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