3-hour standoff with Uber passenger ends without incident in LA's Mount Washington

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023
3-hour standoff with Uber passenger ends in LA's Mount Washington
Los Angeles police officers were involved in a three-hour standoff with an armed suspect inside an Uber car in Mount Washington.

MOUNT WASHINGTON, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police officers on Wednesday morning were involved in a three-hour standoff with a man armed with a gun who barricaded himself inside a car at a Metro light rail station in Mount Washington, authorities said.

Police say a man walked up to an Uber driver who was parked along the curb near the A Line's Southwest Museum station at 4600 Marmiom Way just after 7:30 a.m. and asked for a ride. The Uber driver told the man he was not permitted to pick up passengers without using the app, police said, and then the man produced what looked like a gun and forced his way into the car.

The Uber driver was able to get out of the car and ran down the street where he alerted an LAPD Transit officer.

Officers were dispatched and surrounded the vehicle, but the suspect refused to exit the car.

All train service was shut down at the station, and Marmiom Way was closed due to the barricade situation.

Bus service was provided for train passengers between Heritage Square and Highland Park, Metro said.

A SWAT team was eventually called to the scene, and the suspect, described only as a man around 30 years old, surrendered without incident about 10:55 a.m., according to the LAPD. The weapon turned out to be a replica BB gun.

Train service resumed around 11 a.m., with some residual delays, according to the transit agency.

City News Service contributed to this report.