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Suspect Barricades Himself Outside Highland Park Market

A man, believed to have a rifle, was arrested Wednesday after he barricaded himself in an RV outside the Highland Park Food 4 Less during an argument with an employee.

A man was arrested outside the Highland Park Food 4 Less after barricading himself in an RV in the parking lot. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Officers received a call around 11 a.m. of a suspect who had barricaded himself in an RV in the parking lot of the Highland Park Food 4 Less on Figueroa, near Avenue 50.

According to authorities, a female store employee made the call after getting into a verbal altercation with the suspect when she was putting shopping carts away. At one point the male suspect went back into his RV and stepped out with what the employee believed to be a rifle, said LAPD Senior Lead Officer Mark Allen.

When police arrived on the scene they locked down the parking lot and told employees and customers to stay inside the grocery store.

Ultimately police officers were able to make contact with the suspect inside his RV.

About 45 minutes later the suspect began to cooperate and stepped out of the RV. He was taken into custody without further incident, Allen said.

Although no rifle was found, police did find an air soft rifle replica, which Allen said could make someone believe the suspect was armed.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was taken into custody and booked on charges of making terrorist threats, and potentially faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.