UPDATE: SWAT officers arrest rape suspect barricaded in Wrigley home

SWAT officers were called in after a suspect refused to come out of a home in Wrigley on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Photo by Valerie Osier.

SWAT officers were called in after a suspect refused to come out of a home in Wrigley on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Photo by Valerie Osier.

After an hours-long standoff Wednesday morning, police arrested a suspected rapist who’d refused to come out of a home in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood, according to authorities.

Gang and drug officers from the Los Angeles Police Department originally tried to serve an arrest warrant at the home on Chestnut Avenue near 19th Street around 5:35 a.m., LAPD officer Greg Kraft said.

Police said the suspect is a man in his 40s. He’s wanted in connection with a violent rape that was committed about six months ago in Los Angeles, Det. Meghan Aguilar said.

SWAT officers were called to the scene after the man barricaded himself inside, police said. Officers were telling neighbors to stay inside while they handled the situation. Police said they suspected the man was armed and dangerous. He has a violent criminal record, Aguilar said.

Authorities don’t think the suspect lives in the home where he was barricaded, but they believe he knows someone there. When police arrived, the homeowner came outside right away and cooperated with officers, Aguilar said.

Long Beach officers helped shut down streets in the area, and authorities took the man into custody around 9:40 a.m. He came out of the house unarmed and surrendered, Aguilar said.

Police said they would reopen the area after searching the home.

 

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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, Paul and Simon.
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