Police surrounded a block in Bixby Knolls near Carson Street and Long Beach Boulevard while they searched for a burglary suspect on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach police swarmed a busy section of the Bixby Knolls neighborhood when they got reports of a burglary suspect on a rooftop Friday afternoon.

The situation began around 2:36 p.m. when officers were called about a burglary on Elm Avenue near Carson Street, LBPD spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said.

“Officers have established a perimeter as they continue to look for the suspect,” she said. He was last seen walking in the area, according to Gallagher.

Police quickly surrounded the block just south of Carson Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Avenue. They also called in K9 units to help in their search and soon arrested the suspect without incident, Gallagher said.

Marcelleous Deon Russell, 31, was arrested and booked on suspicion of residential burglary at 4:32 p.m. in the 4000 block of Elm Avenue. He is also facing felony charges on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, simple possession of methamphetamine, bringing drugs to jail and obstructing police. His bail is set at $100,000.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information from the Long Beach Police Department.