Delinquent Guest Barricades Himself Inside Room at Bonaventure, Is Arrested After 8-Hour Standoff With LAPD
It was a tense night inside the iconic rounded, shiny towers of Downtown's Bonaventure Hotel last night, as a man claiming to be armed barricaded himself inside a room and held Los Angeles Police Department officers in a standoff for 8 hours, according to LA Now. The suspect had been told he had to leave the hotel by security when staff discovered his credit card was not valid, notes KTLA.
Instead of leaving, the man told security he had spent the day smoking pot and doing cocaine, and that he had a gun and wasn't going to go. He locked himself in his room on the 31st floor of the hotel, as authorities set up a command center in the lobby, and some guests were evacuated.
The man would not relent, and ultimately the LAPD opted to break down the door, and used tear gas to gain access to the room. The suspect was then taken into custody. "Authorities said they aren't sure if the suspect really had a gun in his room," adds ABC7.