Suspect Taken Into Custody After Hours-Long Standoff

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - An armed suspect with a deadly weapon who was barricaded early today in the unincorporated Athens area, just west of the Los Angeles city limits, has been taken into custody after a nearly-five hour standoff.  

The area was deemed safe and all neighborhood evacuees were allowed to return to their homes.  

Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau personnel responded at 11:50 p.m. Friday to the 11200 block of Van Buren Avenue, about one block north of Imperial Highway, to assist deputies from South Los Angeles Sheriff's Station with a barricaded assault with a deadly weapon suspect, said Deputy Brenda Serna of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.  

The suspect was arrested at approximately 4:30 a.m.  

There was no additional information available.  

Anyone with information about this suspect was asked to call the South Los Angeles Sheriff's Station at 323-820-6700. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at

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