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A man wanted on suspicion of robbery was barricaded Monday in a motel in the Westlake area.

Officers went to the 100 block of North Alvarado Street about 4:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

The motel was evacuated, and a SWAT team was sent to the scene, police said. Traffic was routed away from the area, and a nearby school was locked down as a precaution.

The standoff was continuing about five hours afterward.

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