BELLFLOWER – A suspect was involved in two hit-and-run traffic collisions, a carjacking, and who then broke into and barricaded himself in a home on Thursday was later found deceased authorities said.
At around 3:00 a.m. deputies received a report from a woman who lived in the 17600 block of Downey Avenue Avenue in the City of Bellflower stating she locked herself in a bedroom after a man broke into her home. She told authorities that she was able to escape through a bedroom window.
Through further investigation, authorities learned that the Hispanic male adult suspect was involved in a traffic collision at Downey Avenue just north of Jefferson Street before breaking into the home. He was driving his silver Toyota Yaris sedan at the time of the crash. A good Samaritan driving a gold PT Cruiser stopped to aid the accident victims, but was assaulted by the suspect who eventually overpowered him and stole his vehicle. The good samaritan sustained injuries as a result of the assault and was transported to the hospital where he remains in fair condition.
The suspect only got about a mile away before causing a crash in the 17600 block of Downey Avenue. He got out of the vehicle and ran to the woman’s home, broke a window and entered the home. The suspect refused to exit the home during several hours of verbal attempts made by LASD Crisis Negotiation Team members. The Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) made entry into the home where the suspect was found dead. They continued to clear the home of any additional suspects or victims. No other suspects or victims were located in the home. The identity of the deceased suspect has not yet been determined and the details surrounding his death are not known at this time. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner personnel will determine the identity of the suspect and his cause of death.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lakewood Station at (562) 623-3500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
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