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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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