A firebomb assault at a Los Angeles Police Division station early Sunday was captured on digicam, because the unidentified suspect seen tossing a Molotov cocktail on the constructing was swiftly taken into custody.
At roughly 12:55 a.m. native time Sunday, a suspect approached the LAPD Topanga Division station with a Molotov cocktail and threw it in opposition to the station doorways, police informed Fox Information. It ignited and began a hearth. The incident was witnessed by a number of officers, who chased the suspect and arrested him. The suspect was uncooperative and the motive is unknown, police stated.
Video of the assault shared with Fox Information confirmed a hooded particular person stroll towards the doorways. A fireball erupts and the person runs away from the blaze. It’s unclear what number of officers have been contained in the constructing on the time.
The LAPD Main Crimes Division is dealing with the investigation into the incident and is anticipated to offer extra details about the suspect and attainable costs later Monday, police spokeswoman Detective Meghan Aguilar informed Fox Information over the telephone.
The spokeswoman stated incidents involving assaults on police stations will not be too widespread within the Los Angeles space, however admitted that over the previous yr incidents within the neighborhood of police stations have elevated to some extent, with out offering a selected quantity. She pointed to 1 officer-involved capturing at one other station that occurred throughout the previous two months.
On March 23, a person, described by police as a 36-year-old Black male, got here to the entrance doorways of the LAPD’s Olympic Division station round 2:20 p.m. and tried to enter the constructing, however the doorways have been locked because of COVID-19 protocols. Officers who got here exterior to talk with the person to find out what he wanted noticed he was armed with a handgun and summoned assist, police spokesman Sgt. Bruce Borihanh stated on the time. One officer fired a single spherical that struck the person, police stated.
The suspect underwent surgical procedure at an area hospital and was listed in crucial however secure situation, LAPD headquarters stated in a Twitter replace later that day. Borihanh stated a handgun was recovered on the scene and no officers have been injured.
The capturing occurred about six months after an incident on the LAPD’s Harbor Division station involving a person who punched a desk officer who got here to unlock the door to the foyer, wrestled away his gun and opened hearth with out putting the officer, the Los Angeles Occasions reported. Jose Cerpa Guzman, 29, was arrested after the brazen assault on Sept. 26, 2020, captured on surveillance and physique digicam video, KABC reported.