Squatter pulls assault rifle on homeowner

INGLEWOOD, Calif. The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Monday on the 3000 block of 84th Street.

The property owner arrived to take pictures of the empty house in preparation of selling the place. When he entered the house, the suspect approached the owner and threatened him with an assault rifle.

The owner left and called police. An hours-long standoff ensued.

Police created an enormous barricade around the area, including some businesses.

Hours later the suspect surrendered. He was arrested and booked.

"Anytime you have an assault rifle or some sort of military weapon, you don't want to mess around with any of that, so we want to make sure that the area was completely cordoned off and the businesses were closed and all the residents were safe until we could go in," said Inglewood Police Capt. Eve Irvine. "Because even though the victim saw only one weapon, we didn't know what was inside the location with the person. There could have been more or even more powerful weapons."

The standoff began at about 8:30 a.m. Monday and ended about 3 p.m. Police cleared the scene and left by 4 p.m.

The suspect has been identified as Abdel Alim Mohammad. His age was unknown. He was booked into Inglewood City Jail on $50,000 bail.

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