A 24-year-old man taken into custody in Long Beach after a standoff that prompted the evacuation of a gas station minimart and the lockdown of two nearby schools was being held Wednesday in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Obinna Anokwu of Long Beach was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft and resisting a police officer, according to Shaunna Dandoy, public information officer with the Long Beach Police Department.
Officers responded about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a man with a gun in what turned out to be a stolen vehicle in the 6000 block Long Beach Boulevard, according to police.
A perimeter was set up around the blue Chevrolet El Camino that was parked outside a gas station market. The business was evacuated and two nearby schools were locked down.
A police dog and Mental Evaluation Team officers responded to the location and a short time later, the suspect emerged from the vehicle and “moderate force was used to take him into custody, according to Dandoy.
According to the Long Beach Post, officers fired a less-lethal weapon at the man, bringing the standoff, evacuation and school lockdowns to an end around 1:30 p.m.
Dandoy said a “replica firearm was seized by officers while taking the suspect into custody,” adding that he was taken to a hospital prior to booking because he appeared to be under the influence of some substance.
“During the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle was an unreported stolen vehicle from the city of Compton,” Dandoy said.
The vehicle had been parked on Friday in a lot near the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, according to Dandoy.
“It is unknown at this time what date the vehicle was taken or what brought the suspect to Long Beach,” she said. “The investigation is ongoing.”