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Gun-wielding man's threats prompt evacuation in Glendale

December 27, 2011

A 49-year-old gun-wielding man was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened to kill people, prompting police to evacuate nearby homes, officials said.

Glendale resident Gregory Bentley was taken into custody on suspicion of making criminal threats and resisting arrest after police stunned him with a Taser gun during the three-hour incident in the 1100 block of Graynold Avenue, according to police reports.

No one was injured in the incident, which was resolved before the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team was called to the scene.

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Neighboring homes were evacuated about 5:50 p.m. for safety concerns after Bentley — who was allegedly drunk and carrying a gun — refused to heed police requests that he exit the Graynold home, according to police reports.

Bentley and his wife had been arguing because he was drunk and smoking inside the home, according to police reports.

Witnesses told police that he was allegedly spitting liquor from his mouth at his wife.

At some point during the argument, Bentley disappeared and returned with a weapon, according to police.

Bentley reportedly told police during a phone conversation that his wife had blown the incident out of proportion.


-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Twitter: @veronicarochaLA
 

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