SWAT vehicle
A SWAT vehicle at the barricade. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A man who threatened his neighbors with a knife, stabbed a neighbor’s dog and barricaded himself inside a North Hollywood apartment with an LAPD SWAT team outside was in custody Sunday after the 8 1/2 hour standoff.

There was no word from authorities about the fate of the dog.

The incident started at 11:45 a.m. Saturday with a report of a disturbance in the 7100 block of Fulton Avenue, according to Sgt. Hector Guzman of LAPD Media Relations. The man was taken into custody at about 7:15 p.m.

Arriving officers learned about the threats and the stabbing and determined the man was inside the apartment, Guzman said.

The SWAT team surrounded the apartment and evacuated the area, he said.

They began negotiating with the suspect but he refused to come out.

The suspect faced charges of criminal threats and animal cruelty, Guzman said. He did not say what prompted the man’s actions.

— City News Service

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