Crossbow-wielding man shoots passerby with arrow in Pico Rivera

A 23-year-old man was walking along Hasty Avenue in Pico Rivera Friday evening with a friend when a sharp pain struck.

He looked down to find an arrow sticking from his buttocks.

The pair turned to see a man holding a crossbow who gave them a questioning look, an Los Angeles County sheriff’s official said.

The two ran away and called 911.

After a six-hour standoff with a sheriff’s SWAT team, Armando Marron was taken into custody Saturday morning and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine, said sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva.


Villanueva said Marron, 48, shot at least one arrow at another group of people and struck a house around the same time that the young man was hit.

In response, sheriff’s officials arrived about 11 p.m. Friday at Marron’s house, which he shared with his mother and aunt in the 8500 block of Hasty Avenue. Marron’s family and neighbors were evacuated, but he refused to come out, Villanueva said.

A team from the Special Enforcement Bureau and crisis negotiators were called in. About 5 a.m. Saturday, officers fired tear gas to flush him out.

His family said he had not been taking medication that he needed for a psychiatric disorder, Villanueva said.

According to sheriff’s online records, Marron is being held at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $30,000 bail, and is due in court Tuesday.

“I think it’s the first arrow incident in Pico Rivera in like 150 years,” Villanueva said.

He said the victim suffered a deep puncture wound but is expected to recover.

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