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Police arrest man who yelled threats from rooftop armed with knives

July 20, 2011|By Jason Wells and Maria Hsin; jason.wells@latimes.com
(Roger Wilson/Staff…)

A man who was involved in a brief stand off with police Wednesday as he stood yelling threats from his rooftop has been arrested.

The man, who police did not immediately identify, was transported to a jail facility where he would undergo a psychological evaluation, said Burbank police Sgt. Robert Quesada.

The man, who was in his 40s or 50s, eventually came down from the roof of his home in the 1500 block of Lima Street and was arrested after talking with police negotiators for about 30 minutes, Quesada said.

A woman who was interviewed by police detectives at the scene declined to give her name, but said the man had a mental illness.

Police evacuated the immediate neighborhood after arriving to the scene, and closed down adjacent streets. As of 5 p.m., the streets remained closed as police awaited a Los Angeles County Sheriff's bomb squad to clear the house.

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Quesada could not immediately confirm reports that the man, who has had prior run-ins with police, had a military background, adding that the bomb squad was called in as precaution.

Residents who gathered to witness the scene unfold said they didn't know the man.

Glendale police were also called in to assist.

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