After several hours, burglary suspect climbs down from East L.A. roof

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A man in East Los Angeles who refused to come down from the roof of a house for more than four hours climbed down about 11:30 a.m., authorities said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s negotiators coaxed the man, an ex-con, down, said Capt. Mike Parker. He jumped onto the roof of the house about 7 a.m. after a bondsman tried to take him into custody for allegedly failing to appear to court.

The unidentified suspect, who was out on bail for a burglary arrest, is now in custody. Investigators also found a gun and bulletproof vest inside the home, Parker said.

Deputies suspect that he lives at the home.

‘Negotiators convinced the suspect that the best course of action would be to climb down and surrender,’ Parker said. ‘He was arrested for an outstanding burglary warrant and faces additional charges of, at minimum, resisting arrest and an ex-con with a gun.’ The shirtless man was on the roof for about four and a half hours wearing shorts and white socks. He stood on top of a chimney in the 5300 block of Grace Place most of the time he was on the roof.



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