Man arrested in high-risk LAPD operation in Canyon Country

By Austin Dave

Last update: Thursday, April 13th, 2017

A Canyon Country man was arrested following a lengthy standoff with Los Angeles police early Thursday morning.

The man, whose identity was not released, was contacted by a specialized team of Los Angeles Police Department personnel near Fahren Court and Jakes Way at about 6 a.m., according to Detective II David Lopez.

“The individual that was wanted on the arrest warrant refused to come out of his apartment,” Lopez said.

Park Sierra Apartments tenants within earshot of the incident were evacuated from their homes.

At this point, the unit comprised of armed officers and detectives from LAPD’s Gangs and Narcotics Division employed the practice of patience.

After two hours, tensions within the high-risk operation eased slightly as a dialogue was established between the suspect and law enforcement.

“We were constantly talking to him,” Lopez said. “Then (the suspect) came out on his own and was taken into custody.”

After the dust settled, it was determined the man was arrested for committing a felony crime in the city of Los Angeles.

“We work a specialized unit and our responsibility is to located an individual who has an outstanding warrant and take them into custody,” Lopez explained.

No injuries were sustained by police or civilians in the execution of the high-risk arrest warrant.

“Whenever we approach a situation, we approach it the same,” Lopez said.

“We just don’t know who we’re dealing with and we don’t know the person so we always take precaution.”

By 9 a.m., the unit was off to their next take down.

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Man arrested in high-risk LAPD operation in Canyon Country

Detectives with the LAPD Gangs and Narcotics Division hold a briefing outside the scene of a felony arrest in Canyon Country on April 13, 2017. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

A Canyon Country man was arrested following a lengthy standoff with Los Angeles police early Thursday morning.

The man, whose identity was not released, was contacted by a specialized team of Los Angeles Police Department personnel near Fahren Court and Jakes Way at about 6 a.m., according to Detective II David Lopez.

“The individual that was wanted on the arrest warrant refused to come out of his apartment,” Lopez said.

Park Sierra Apartments tenants within earshot of the incident were evacuated from their homes.

At this point, the unit comprised of armed officers and detectives from LAPD’s Gangs and Narcotics Division employed the practice of patience.

After two hours, tensions within the high-risk operation eased slightly as a dialogue was established between the suspect and law enforcement.

“We were constantly talking to him,” Lopez said. “Then (the suspect) came out on his own and was taken into custody.”

After the dust settled, it was determined the man was arrested for committing a felony crime in the city of Los Angeles.

“We work a specialized unit and our responsibility is to located an individual who has an outstanding warrant and take them into custody,” Lopez explained.

No injuries were sustained by police or civilians in the execution of the high-risk arrest warrant.

“Whenever we approach a situation, we approach it the same,” Lopez said.

“We just don’t know who we’re dealing with and we don’t know the person so we always take precaution.”

By 9 a.m., the unit was off to their next take down.

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Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.