An allegedly armed carjacking suspect was believed to be holed-up inside an apartment in Lynwood Tuesday, prompting a massive sheriff’s department response that included a SWAT team, a drone and a small robot armed with a camera searching for the suspect.
The sheriff’s department was sent to the 3100 block of Carlin Avenue, near North Santa Fe Avenue, at about noon, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspect stopped the blue Toyota on Carlin Avenue and ran away, KTLA5 reported.
He hid in an apartment, which sheriff’s department personnel surrounded, according to the station.
The department used a robot to pull the apartment’s screen door off, then a smaller robot and a drone entered the apartment to search for the suspect.
The immediate vicinity was evacuated, and the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau “assumed command of the tactical response to bring about a peaceful resolution,” according to Navarro-Suarez.
Law enforcement sources told NBC4 the suspect may be connected to the ambush shooting of two deputies Saturday night in Compton, but Navarro-Suarez could not confirm the report.
“At this time, it’s just a carjacking suspect but it’s really important that we apprehend him and ID him to see if there’s any nexus with the ambush,” Navarro-Suarez said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva told multiple media outlets Tuesday afternoon that there was not a connection between the ambush and the carjacking suspect.