Police Respond to Hostage Call in Chinatown, Turns Out to Be Vandalism

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A reported hostage situation Thursday night at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown turned out to be a case of vandalism, according to authorities.

LAPD responded to a hostage situation March 27, 2014, but found no victims or weapons. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers responded to a call of an armed man holding six to eight people hostage at 130 Bruno Street (map), according to Officer Nuria Vanegas of the Los Angeles Police Department’s media relations section.

The caller had reported that the man was a former employee who was armed with a handgun, Vanegas said at the time.

The reporting party was not at the location, Vanegas said.

After responding officers got individuals outside of the building, they entered to conduct a sweep, Officer Ryan Whiteman with the Central Area Police Department said.

Officers reviewed all surveillance video and found no evidence of weapons or victims, Lt. Benson with the LAPD Central Division said.

Officers concluded that a current Homeboy employee had their tires slashed by a former employee, Benson said.

Before slashing the tire’s, the man entered Homeboy looking for the employee and those inside the building thought he may have a gun, Benson said.

He is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, Benson said. The LAPD was still looking for him.

“Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites,” according to the organization’s website.

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