Deputies in standoff with kidnapping suspect in Bellflower, authorities say

BELLFLOWER, Calif. (KABC) -- Deputies swarmed a Bellflower apartment building where a kidnapping suspect who took his mother from a care facility in Nevada was believed to be held up inside, authorities said.

The standoff was reported by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department around 8 p.m. in the complex located in the 15300 block of Bellflower Boulevard.

A SWAT team was called to the scene but had not entered the building during the first couple hours of the standoff.

Authorities believed the suspect was a man who had pulled out his elderly mother from an assisted living home in Reno without authorization earlier this month.

Several residents of the building said they saw Roger Hillygus, 52, show up to the apartment with his mother, Susan Hilygus, last week. They said the mother, who is in her 80s, was not able to speak and might have dementia.

The suspect's motives had not yet been determined.
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