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Studio City Gas Leak Scare Caused By Suicidal Man Angered Over Foreclosure

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A man who blames Wells Fargo for taking his home was at the center of a suicide attempt and possible bomb threat in Studio City, forcing neighbors out of their homes early this morning.

LAPD responded to the 12500 block of Landale Street in Studio City around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and smelled natural gas around a home on the block. Officers may have been prompted by posts by the homeowner on social media, which included videos that showed a device that was supposedly pumping carbon monoxide into his home.

"Apparently he's getting evicted from the house. He made some threats on social media that they'd have to come and get him," Captain Stephen Carmona told KTLA. "There's some threatening signs on his windows that if anyone comes to evict him they better say goodbye to their family." He also said that police had been called to the home before in the past two months.

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Although the LAPD has not identified the man, he is likely Steve Mack, who according to the a local paper, owned an apartment building in Ogden, Utah. In January, the low-income tenants of the building were forced to move as a result of a dispute between Mack and the company he hired to manage the building. Both sides point the finger at each other.

In separate videos, Mack blames both Wells Fargo Bank and Kier Management for driving him to suicide, and shows the hose he says is pumping carbon monoxide into his bedroom. In the description of the Wells Fargo video, he says the bank opened accounts for Kier under his own name, which drove him to bankruptcy and foreclosure:

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Aerial footage of the scene shows the URL wf-bank-fraud.blogspot.com on the roof of his house. On the site, Mack lengthily describes the dispute he has with Wells Fargo Bank, who he claims "committed fraud in [his] name." He also appears to maintain another website where he accuses the Ogden, Utah-based Kier Property Management of "neglect," "mismanagement," and "fraud."

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Neighbors were evacuated when police found a "makeshift" device at the home. Aerial footage showed bomb squad robots rolling onto the property. The situation was defused when the man was arrested around 8:30 a.m., possibly trying to escape. Residents were allowed back shortly afterwards when it was determined there was no threat.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.