SWAT Team Looks For Barricaded Suspect

Buena Vista Library was used as a base of operations for LAPD SWAT during an incident late Friday night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Buena Vista Library was used as a base of operations for LAPD SWAT during an incident late Friday night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes, and traffice was diverted along a section of Olive Ave. Friday night, while police dealt with a barricaded suspect situation.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives came to the 2200 block of W. Olive Ave. in search of a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon.  The crime had occurred earlier in the day in North Hollywood.  The suspect was believed to be living in an apartment located on the north side of Olive Ave. between Myers and Lincoln Streets.   The Burbank Police Department was contacted at 8:40 p.m. to assist the LAPD detectives.

The LAPD SWAT team was called when the detectives believed the suspect was barricaded inside the apartment.  When they knocked on the his door, he did not anser.  Burbank Police assisted by diverting traffic on Olive Ave. away from the area, and evacuate nearby residents.  After numerous attempts were made to contact any occupants of the suspect, SWAT officers made entry, and determined that the suspect had fled prior to the officers’ arrival.

The nearby Buena Vista Library was used for evacuted residents,  and also as the base for their SWAT operations.   A mobile command post was set up in the library’s parking lot.  Per the Burbank Police only a few people were asked to leave the adjoining apartments with four staying at the library and one couple going to a local coffee shop.

Once the LAPD determined that the suspect   was not home,  the streets in the area were re-opened.  Residents were able to return home around 4:00 am.

 UPDATE:   The suspect being sought by the LAPD for assault with a deadly weapon, Erik Jan Peterson, 43, of Burbank,  was located by police in a small industrial park located just a block outside of Burbank.  The block-long single story multiple unit industrial building is located on the south side of the Chandler Bikeway, between Biloxi and Strohm Avenues in North Hollywood.  Peterson was spotted in one of the units Saturday afternoon. The LAPD used one of their armored vehicles to drag away a covered carport continaing some recreational vehicles, to get a better view of the unit’s entrance.  Tear gas was used to finally flush the Peterson out of the building.   He  apparently suffered self-inflicted wounds, and was transported by LAFD ambulance to the hospital.

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    1. Appreciate keeping us up to date on this.  As one of the evacuees, it was helpful to follow your Twitter feed to find out when I could return home!   It certainly started out bad–and sadly got worse.  I smiled at Mr. Peterson in passing a couple of times when he was walking his cute dog.  I’ve been thinking about that dog the last few days.  Hope everything turns out okay for everyone…

      • that cute little dog ran away in the middle of all this and three days later we found him near california and olive.  Tired, starving, and wearing his cute little doggie sweater. His name is squiggy and is now in our company but needs a temporary home. He is very smart and very very love able. We discovered his ties to this story when we called the pound to report that we found the dog. Someone had called already and reported him missing and left the info about the dog with the pound people. We opted not to take him to the pound as this dog had obviously been through an ordeal already. Sounds as if this guy may not be out for awhile and we can’t house him too long as we have three dogs and 6 cats already. So if anyone is interested in maybe fostering him until we see what the outcome will be please email crystalr112b@yahoo.com. Btw his uncle or aunt was called as the contact info at the pound had been given to us. They are communicating on behalf of Erik Peterson and  are worried about the dog but cant take him either.  So if you wanna get to know the little guy his a real lover and super intelligent. Trained and very happy but there are moments when he calms down and you can see the sadness and worry in his eyes. A few times he’s heard something that gets him all curious and anxious (maybe its a similair sounding voice) but he looks and wags then dissappointedly lays down and lets out a deep sigh. Depressed a little but he hides it well most of the time and considering what he’s been through he’s pretty brave.

        • Wow, I’m glad Squiggy is being looked after.  He (and Erik) both had a very bad week last week.  

          • Squiggy and Erik have been reunited.  I’m sure they’re very glad to be
            back together.  I hope there can be some healing for everyone involved in this unfortunate incident.

    2. This resident was escorted to her car by LAPD SWAT and told it was going to take a couple hours.  After visiting the CP she drove to the only friend that answered her phone at 1:30am – on the west side and slept on her couch.  Had the officers told me at 10:00pm when I got home on Friday night that I may not want to be around for the activities, I could have make better arrangements.  But, I’m glad the residents were safe!

    3. i live next to The Biloxi address – cops told me he was a murderer – Were they lying to me?
      The cops just milked the situatuon. I think they did a horrible job. Very disappointed.  They also left ALL their trash on the streets for the neighborhood to clean up. Jerks.

        • ED: Note: Thank you for pointing that out – comments are always appreciated as long as they are done in a responsible manner – while his comment was valid, his username was not and it has been deleted.

      • This comment has been deleted because of the use of profanity – your comments are always appreciated, just act like an adult.

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