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    West Hollywood Sheriffs Respond to Chaotic Incident at Bank of America

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    A man engaged West Hollywood sheriff deputies in a 2.5-hour standstill at a West Hollywood Bank of America on Santa Monica Boulevard, Friday afternoon, leaving chaos in his wake.

    Witnesses reported that the man had been behaving erratically throughout the day, making threats and, according to some accounts, wielding a knife at some point.

    According to a West Hollywood sheriff deputy, law enforcement deputies were called to the scene after the man violently overturned chairs and tables at Starbucks near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard. At approximately 2:30 p.m., the man smashed a window at Bank of America, located at 8921 Santa Monica Boulevard, before entering the branch and causing havoc. Witnesses described tables and chairs being knocked over, displays flung across the floor, and his speech was erratic.

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    Avoid Santa Monica Blvd in the west side. There is a current situation at the West Hollywood Bank of America on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Hilldale Ave. A person had a mental breakdown and smashed windows and acted violently inside the branch. There is currently a standoff with @lasdwesthollywoodstation. The time is 4pm. The situation has been ongoing since roughly 2:30pm. #wehotimes #wehonews #weho #westhollywood #wehocity #lasd #lasdweho

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    Eleven sheriff deputy vehicles responded to the scene, sealing off the area to pedestrians and westbound traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard, causing congestion shortly before Friday rush hour.

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    Photo courtesy of Kellan Martz

    A mental health officer assessed the situation on-site and made efforts to deescalate while some sheriff deputies stood by with non-lethal pepper spray weapons.

    At 4:50 p.m., the man was led away in handcuffs by sheriff deputies without incident, as bystanders cheered. He was placed in the back of a sheriff vehicle and removed from the scene.

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    After roughly 2.5 hours, the situation at Bank of America on Santa Monica Blvd concluded with the arrest of the suspect who smashed windows and behaved violently. Santa Monica Blvd was congested with sheriff’s presence closing off Santa Monica Blvd for almost 3 hours. #wehotimes #wehonews #weho #westhollywood #lasd #lasdweho #wehocity #wehocrime

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    The lobby of the West Hollywood Bank of America was left in disarray, but no injuries were reported in the incident.

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    Your identity is always encrypted and anonymous. No personal information, phone number, email, IP address, or location is ever requested, saved, traced, tracked, or monitored. Period.

    The purpose of Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers is to prevent and reduce crime by fostering a partnership among the community, law enforcement, and the media to offer anonymity and cash rewards to anyone providing information leading to an arrest.

    Crime Stoppers encourages community members to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

    The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station polices the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated communities of Franklin Canyon, Universal City (including Universal Theme Park, Studios, and Citywalk), and the Federal Enclave in West Los Angeles.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    KeepCashOnHand
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    5 months ago

    Should we start placing bets until this branch closes?

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    5 months ago

    The sheriffs handled this volatile situation perfectly. They had a mental health officer as well as deputies on scene and de-escalated it. Thanks to all.

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