A barricaded suspect holed up inside a Manhattan Beach home for at least three hours tried to flee on foot Sunday and was taken into custody, a police officer said.

“After a brief struggle, and deployment of a less than lethal 40mm sponge round, the suspect was taken into custody,” said Officer Chris Ineguez of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to a residential burglary alarm in the 600 block of Ardmore Avenue at about 1:10 a.m., and reported that a window at the residence had been shattered, Ineguez said.

A perimeter was set up and officers saw at least one person inside the home.

“Multiple officers responded from throughout the South Bay to provide mutual aid,” he said. “Officers ordered the suspect to exit the house several times but he refused and barricaded himself inside the residence.”

SWAT teams from Gardena and Hawthorne, as well as Manhattan Beach, were called to the scene — which included K-9 officers and drones from the Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo and Culver City police departments.

“After approximately three hours and numerous announcements from crisis negotiators asking the suspect to surrender, he ran out of the front door and attempted to flee on foot,” Ineguez said. “The suspect claimed he had an accomplice who was armed inside the house and was likely going to shoot at officers when they entered.”

Los Angeles resident Torreon William Johnson, 28, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property and delaying an investigation, he said.

There were no other suspects inside the home.

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