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Four who fled to Long Beach rooftop are detained; one arrested

Four who fled to Long Beach rooftop are detained; one arrested
Four people suspected of fleeing after being served a search warrant in Long Beach on Wednesday are seen waiting on a rooftop as authorities secure the surrounding area. (KTLA-TV)

Four people who allegedly tried to elude capture Wednesday by climbing onto the roof of a building in Long Beach after being served with a search warrant were detained, authorities said.

Detectives served a narcotics search warrant on the 4100 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach early Monday, and during the execution of the warrant four people fled to the roof, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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Aerial television news footage showed one of the suspects smoking a cigarette while others conversed as deputies cordoned off surrounding streets and put the building on lockdown.

Deputies eventually secured the area and all four people surrendered. Three were later released without incident, authorities said.

David Penaloza, 23, of Long Beach, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, as well as possessing a controlled substance with the intent to sell, according to the sheriff's department.

He was being held in lieu of $80,000 bail.

Authorities did not identify the three other people who were detained, but said the investigation was ongoing.

Twitter: @MattStevensLAT

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