Man arrested after he fled from officers in Belmont Shore, police say

Long Beach police early this morning arrested a man in Belmont Shore after he fled from police officers checking on a suspicious person call, authorities said.

Police were called to the parking lot in the 4000 block of East Olympic Plaza, near the Belmont Plaza Pool, about a suspicious person at 7:35 a.m., police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said.

They found a man and detained him, but when they found he had outstanding warrants for violation of a restraining order and driving under the influence, the man fled, according to De Prez.

Officers set up a perimeter and took 28-year-old Clifford Hancock, of Long Beach, into custody without incident, she said. He was booked on the warrants, resisting/obstructing a public officer and possession of a controlled substance.


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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.