A tense police standoff with a pursuit driver who barricaded himself inside a residence in South Los Angeles came to a peaceful conclusion Friday morning.
Juan Zamora, 25, of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of possessing an assault rifle after being barricaded for hours with an infant inside an apartment on the 300 block of 65th Street, the L.A. Police Department said in a news release.
The incident began when authorities responded to a burglary alarm that went off at a convenience store in the 1900 block of San Pedro Street around 3:30 a.m.
Officers spotted a red SUV with two men inside in the business’ parking lot and ordered them to get out. The men refused to comply and drove away through a gap between police vehicles, hitting an open door on one of them, LAPD said.
An pursuit ensued, but officers were unable to keep up with the speeding SUV.
At one point, at the corner of 54th Street and Main Street, the SUV did pause to drop off the passenger, who fled on foot, officials said.
An LAPD helicopter tracked the vehicle to the intersection of 65th Street and Broadway, where it crashed into a light pole. That’s when Zamora got out and ran into the apartment building, authorities said.
Police blocked off the area and SWAT members were called to the scene.
Zamora’s girlfriend came out and told officers their 2-month-old son was inside the apartment with the suspect, police said.
Meanwhile, a search of the SUV had turned up a loaded AK-47, according to LAPD.
Authorities negotiated with the barricaded man for several hours, and Zamora peacefully surrendered around 8:40 a.m.
An officer was seen carrying the baby from the apartment and giving him to a woman believed to be the child’s mother.
The suspect was led out in handcuffs, although he was seen speaking to the woman holding the baby, and even gave the child a kiss before he left with officers.