Armed suspects surrender to police after hours-long barricade in Paramount

PARAMOUNT, Calif. (KABC) -- Two suspected gang members barricaded themselves inside of a 90-year-old woman's home in Paramount for several hours before surrendering to police Saturday night.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives were following up on crimes that had occurred a few weeks ago when they ran into two known gang members, LASD Cmdr. Keith Swensson said.

One of the men had a gun and both ran into a home in the 15500 block of Bixler Avenue. One of the men was a wanted parolee, Swensson said.

The 90-year-old homeowner was inside her residence at the time the men barricaded themselves and she was held hostage. Surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution.

An LASD Crisis Negotiation Team quickly arrived on scene and were able to persuade the suspects to release the elderly woman.

One of the suspects with the gun stepped out of the home around 9 p.m. and surrendered to police. An hour later, the second suspect surrendered. Both were taken into custody.
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