Traffic stop turns into barricade at motel near PCH and Pacific

Pacific Avenue from Pacific Coast Highway to 20th Street was shut down Thursday afternoon as police attempted to get a suspect with an outstanding warrant to surrender.

The situation began about 4:05 p.m. when police pulled a driver over near the 1800 block of Pacific Avenue. After initially talking to police, he ran from the officers and barricaded himself in a room police believe he rented at a nearby motel, Sgt. Alvino Herrera said.

Police set up a perimeter around the motel and tried to get the man to surrender, but eventually called the LBPD SWAT team, he said.

A spokeswoman on Friday morning said police were unable to find the man in the motel and police began to clear the scene at about 8:30 p.m.

She said the man was wanted on a federal weapons-related warrant.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.



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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, 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, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.