VENICE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A man allegedly armed with a knife and a sword broke into a woman’s Venice home and refused to leave, sparking an hour-long standoff with an LAPD SWAT team on Monday.
The incident was first reported at 12:26 p.m. at the 400 block of Santa Clara Avenue near Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Marcia Davalos said she found a man at her house and when she confronted him he claimed to be the owner and told her to leave.
“I was shocked to find a guy in the living room watching TV with all his stuff everywhere,” Davalos said. “My immediate reaction was, ‘Oh my god! Who are you?’ And he immediately said, ‘I live here.’”
She grabbed her phone and started filming a video of him closing the door on her. Footage showed a large sword and butcher knife he allegedly brought with him on a table just by the door.
A SWAT team attacked the home using BearCat vehicles and police dogs. Heavily armed officers initially dispatched a K-9 to the residence, but the dog was unable to locate the man.
When officers entered the home, they found the suspect showering in the bathroom. Police used pepper spray to force him out and he surrendered, covered only with a towel.
The suspected burglar turned himself in to police around 4:30 p.m
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