Swat was called to El Segundo after police received a 911 call about a man with a gun holding a hostage. It all began sometime before noon on Monday.
“We got the guy in custody,” an El Segundo Police officer told the Observer at the scene. “He came out and we took him in.”
The incident went down on the 300 block of Richmond Street. The ESPD got a 911 call about a man trying to light a fire and holding a victim hostage with a gun.
At this point, the police department locked down local residents, pre-school children and employees at businesses in the area. One business owner said they have five customers locked inside for six hours. Area streets were also shut down.
Several South Bay police agencies provided officers and Swat support. Finally after a number of hours, detectives determined the call was a hoax. El Segundo Fire Department was also on the scene.
A 59-year-old man was taken into custody. He was arrested for suspicion of making a false report of emergency.
“After all this,” stated the police officer, “the story really didn’t turn out to be much of a story.”
To the residents of El Segundo, that is a good thing.