Man in Custody After Breaking Into Family’s Home Near Hollywood Bowl: LAPD

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An apparently homeless man who broke into a Hollywood Hills home and barricaded himself there for several hours Monday was taken into custody just before 1 p.m., according to LAPD.

LAPD was responding to a barricaded person at a home in the Hollywood Hills on June 8, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
LAPD was responding to a barricaded person at a home in the Hollywood Hills on June 8, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers initially responded to a burglary call that came in just after 10 a.m. in the 6800 block of Alta Loma Terrace (map), Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado said.

A family had been inside their home when a man broke in, according to an LAPD captain on scene. They fled in fear and called 911, the captain said.

A neighbor said he was drinking coffee when he heard calls for help and saw a man throwing pots at a woman. The neighbor said he went outside with a golf club in an attempt to help, but the man locked himself inside the home.

Video from the home's surveillance video showed the man violently throwing flower pots off the balcony and appearing to shout before entering the home.

The homeowner, Victoria, said an AT&T repairman who was working on a utility pole alerted her to the man's presence. She then spotted the man using her neighbor's hose.

"I did say, 'May I help you?' That's when he came after me with his beer car," she said.

A perimeter was set up by responding Hollywood Division officers, and the man came in and out of the house during the standoff, according to LAPD. Dense vegetation and hillside terrain made seeing and apprehending the man difficult, and a helicopter and K-9 were called in to aid in the search, the captain said.

The family, meanwhile, told officers there may have been an unsecured firearm inside the home during the barricade situation. Because of that, a SWAT team was called to the standoff.

Negotiations ended in the man's surrender shortly before 1 p.m. He was described as homeless by authorities at the scene.

The victim returned to her home to find the man had ripped the mantle off her fireplace, tore the heating element from the wall, broke doors, and overturned all her furniture, she said.

He also ate some of her food, she said.

The incident took place just off Highland Avenue near the Hollywood Bowl. A SWAT truck and multiple other emergency vehicles were in the parking lot of the venue during the response.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

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