Police search in Bixby Knolls area after suspect flees into neighborhood

Long Beach police surrounded several homes in Bixby Knolls after a suspect ditched a vehicle and fled into the neighborhood Monday morning.

Police said the situation started around 11 a.m. when they were called about a suspicious vehicle on Gundry Avenue near Tehachapi Drive. When officers got there, the driver ran, LBPD spokesman Ivan Garcia said.

A witness who arrived at the scene a short time later said there was a car with all its doors open left in the middle of the street, as if police had searched through it.

Authorities were able to identify the driver, and they believe he has a warrant out for his arrest, according to Garcia, who couldn’t immediately say what the warrant was for.

Officers surrounded the area and ultimately located the suspect in the afternoon. He was taken into custody with the help of a K-9 unit.

The suspect is currently in a local hospital getting medically cleared.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.