One Arrested After Deputies Serve Search Warrant at East 10th St. Apartment

East 10th St. near Wilson High School was closed for several hours Wednesday morning while Sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant at an apartment building detained four people who had fled to the roof.

The incident began at around 5:30AM when deputies from the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station with a search warrant arrived at an address in the 4100 block of East 10th Street, said Deputy Irys Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Four people fled to the roof, leading to a standoff that lasted for about an hour until all four were taken into custody.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, only one, 23-year-old David Penaloza, was eventually arrested. He was booked on suspicion of unlawful possession of a specified controlled substance while armed with a firearm, and possession for sales. Conflicting reports indicate that two others may have been detained in the course of the search warrant being served.

The investigation was conducted by detectives from the sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets Bureau and the the narcotics warrant was served by the Special Weapons Team. Sheriff’s Department has not said why the warrant was served. 

Long Beach Police Department officers were sent to the address to help with traffic control and to seal off the area.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.