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L.A. Federal Building Standoff
08-14-2009, 02:27 AM,
L.A. Federal Building Standoff
Quote:The L.A. Times' Andrew Blankstein reports that the LAPD tried to end a five-hourlong stalemate between it and a man in a car by ramming it with an assault vehicle. The unidentified man allegedly sent threatening messages to the White House. The standoff began earlier today following a police chase of the man's Volkswagen Beetle -- which now has a surveillance-camera-equipped robot parked next to it.

SWAT members have reportedly taken up positions at the Westwood Boulevard and Veteran Avenue site, with residents of nearby apartments having been evacuated. The L.A. Daily News adds that the FBI (which has its L.A. offices in the Federal Building) is also on the scene and that the man has two outstanding warrants for unspecified misdemeanors.

08-14-2009, 02:44 AM,
L.A. Federal Building Standoff
live -ish video feed here.
08-14-2009, 06:37 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-14-2009, 06:39 AM by adap2k911.)
L.A. Federal Building Standoff

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Police have pulled the suspect from a red Volkswagen Bug after an eight-hour standoff in Westwood Thursday.

The hours-long standoff began as a pursuit in the Westchester area at about 10 a.m. when LAPD tried to stop the suspect for a misdemeanor warrant.

The suspect has been identified as 56-year-old Joe Moshe of Westchester. He is suspected of making threats against the White House, and the Secret Service wants to talk to him.

A Westchester man suspected of making a threat against the White House poses no danger, but sometimes becomes loud and profane when he fails to take his medication for mental illness, his neighbors said today.

"The guy is harmless, but once he gets off his meds he is screaming profanity," said one neighbor.

Neighbors and his mother identified the man as Joe Moshe, 56. Moshe fled from U.S. Secret Service agents and Los Angeles police officers Thursday, leading a chase in a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle up the San Diego (405) Freeway.

He stopped near the Federal Building in Westwood and is engaged in a standoff with law enforcement officers.

Asked why her son might threaten the President Barack Obama, 90-year-old Julia Moshe said, "I don't know. He is a sick man. Depressed."

The standoff began shortly after 10 a.m., when police tried to stop Moshe near his home in the 8300 block of Creighton Avenue. Police have not publicly identified him.

Neighbors who did not want to be identified said Moshe "sounds like he could be dangerous," but he has never caused any significant trouble for them.

"He's got issues. He doesn't take his medication, he doesn't do that well," a neighbor said.

Moshe, who does not work, inherited the house when his father died. His mother lives in Beverly Hills.

She was watching the standoff on television.

"He is not giving up. I don't know," she said. "I am a very old lady. I'm a sick lady."

Neighbors said he never posed any threats to them.

"Most of the time we just hear him yelling," a neighbor said. "For the most part he is quiet."

Neighbors said Secret Service agents in suits and driving government cars appeared on the street Wednesday night.

They tried to speak with Moshe, but he did not answer the door.

The agents asked neighbors questions about Moshe instead.
08-14-2009, 06:48 AM,
L.A. Federal Building Standoff
This is pretty messed up to me.

I wonder if it will develop at all by the morning.

He is SUSPECTED of making threats... The whole story seems pretty vague still.

08-14-2009, 06:49 AM,
L.A. Federal Building Standoff
BTW.... welcome to ConCen adap2k911! ;)
08-14-2009, 07:17 AM,
L.A. Federal Building Standoff
Why the hell would the secret service want to talk to a 'mad man'? Now I'm curious to what he was 'threatening' them with. Westchester.. I think that's the area we went to, to protest against the Israeli occupation. Hmm
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08-14-2009, 07:39 AM,
L.A. Federal Building Standoff
Ok he held a sign saying death to Obama. Woop de doo!
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08-14-2009, 07:44 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-14-2009, 07:47 AM by mastermg.)
L.A. Federal Building Standoff
Lol what happened to free speech? S.S. on his ass for something that silly.

Oh he threatened to blow up the white house.
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