Suspect Arrested Following Chase from El Sereno to North Hollywood

By City News Service

A man wanted for allegedly making criminal threats against an ex-girlfriend led police on a chase Monday from El Sereno to North Hollywood, where he holed up inside a home with an assault rifle, prompting an hours-long standoff that ended when officers fired tear gas into the house.

The suspect, identified as Nolan Perez, 41, was spotted around 10:15 a.m. in the 4900 block of Axtell Street in the El Sereno area, police said. Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the man was charged with seven counts of stalking and making criminal threats, including to do bodily harm to the unnamed ex-girlfriend, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

The suspect, however, fled from officers, driving along various surface streets near downtown Los Angeles, then onto the Hollywood (101), Pasadena (110), Golden State (5) and Hollywood (170) freeways.

At some points during the pursuit, the suspect pointed a rifle out of the car window, but it was unclear if he actually fired any shots.

About 11:30 a.m., Perez came to a stop on a North Hollywood surface street and — armed with a rifle — got out of the car and ran into a neighborhood in the 11500 block of Hartsook Street. At one point, he climbed onto a rooftop and appeared to rest before climbing down, eventually making his way inside a home.

Police set up a blocks-wide perimeter around the home, evacuating neighbors and forcing lockdowns at several area schools.

Around 3 p.m., police fired tear gas canisters into the where the suspect was holed up. After a few minutes, the man came out — unarmed — and dropped face-down on the ground. SWAT officers moved in and took him into custody.

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