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A carjacking suspect crashed a stolen van into a Long Beach residential garage Thursday and holed up in a home for about six hours, while threatening to blow it up, before being taken into custody.
Officers went to the area of 46th Street and Atlantic Avenue about 7:25 a.m. on a report of a carjacking, police said.
A short time later, officers were sent to the 400 block of West San Antonio Drive, where a van struck an attached garage of a residence and the driver fled on foot, police said.
A SWAT team was sent to the scene, a perimeter was established, and a nearby elementary school was locked down while officers looked for the suspect.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, had threatened to blow up the home and there was a smell of gasoline in the air, so gas service to the house was cut off, police said.
He was taken into custody without further incident about 1:30 p.m., according to Marlene Arrona of the LBPD.
Students from a nearby elementary school were evacuated due to the standoff. School officials advised parents where to meet their children at the end of the school day, according to police.
–City News Service
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