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Homeless Man Breaks Into City Councilman's Office, Writes Message On Wall

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A homeless man broke into the office of City Councilman Mike Bonin and wrote a cryptic message on the office wall before getting arrested.

The man, identified as 26-year-old Robert Carp, walked past security at City Hall and into the fourth floor office belonging to Bonin, the L.A. Times reports. He then told staffers to leave as he jumped over a receptionist's desk and wrote his screed. Bonin's staff members made their way to Tom LaBonge's office, where they pressed the silent alarm button and called police. Carp wrote "The cartel is after me" in marker on the wall of Bonin's office before getting arrested.

Coincidentally, Bonin was at at benefit for a homeless shelter on the Westside when the incident happened, the Times reports.

Carp is being held on charges of being under the influence of narcotics, as well as trespassing and vandalism. It is not known how Carp got into City Hall, but police have said they're going to make security even tighter as a response to the incident.