Robot in action at LA standoff

Man behind threat calls declined to surrender

Robot in action at LA standoff


The man had refused to leave his red Volkswagen Beetle and withstood four rounds of chemical agents tossed inside the car after police broke a rear window. About an hour later, officers shot out the drivers window with a bean bag gun, used a Taser on the man and pulled him out.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan identified the suspect as Joseph Moshe, 56, of Los Angeles. Moshe is suspected of calling a police dispatch number on Wednesday and making threatening statements about the White House, Donovan said. Police pulled him from the car after he ignored repeated attempts to negotiate his surrender. The Federal Building had been locked down since noon, and employees were told to stay inside, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Officers spotted Moshe’s car around 10 am near his home in the Westchester neighborhood and pursued him through the city’s west side, police detective Gus Villanueva said.
He drove around the federal building parking area once before a police SUV blocked his path as he tried to return to the street. The officers then surrounded his car with police cruisers and a large armoured vehicle. The man sat in the car smoking for hours before a robot broke a rear window of the car so that officers could see inside, police Lt Ruben de la Torre said.

Villanueva said Moshe was booked on two previous unrelated misdemeanor warrants but did not provide details. The officials later said he was taken to a hospital for observation.
Asked how the man was able to withstand multiple rounds of  tear gas, Villanueva said some people are able to resist the chemicals.

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