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Rifle-toting man in custody after hours-long standoff near Maserati dealership in Santa Monica

Santa Monica police are responding to a barricade situation near a luxury car dealership on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Santa Monica police are responding to a barricade situation near a luxury car dealership on Santa Monica Boulevard.
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Police on Friday morning arrested a man who had been holed up near a Maserati car dealership overnight, authorities said.

Officers first received reports of a man creating a disturbance near 18th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard at about 1:30 a.m., said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Santa Monica Police Department.

When they arrived, they encountered the man carrying a rifle, who hid behind a dumpster in an alley near the luxury car dealership. Reports that the man had locked himself inside a Maserati in the dealership were not correct, Rodriguez said.

SWAT and crisis negotiation teams worked for hours to communicate with the man before successfully taking him into custody shortly before 6 a.m. No injuries were reported.


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