Gun-shaped Cell Phone Case Prompts Police Standoff For Hours In Alhambra

Alhambra police got in a standoff with a sleeping man in possession of a cell phone case that looked like a gun.

Alhambra police got in a standoff with a sleeping man in possession of a cell phone case that looked like a gun.

Alhambra Police Get In Standoff Over Cell Phone Case

Alhambra, CA – The Alhambra Fire Department responded to an unconscious male in a vehicle in the Albertson Store parking lot on Friday.  Upon arrival, fireman looked in to the vehicle and noticed what appeared to be a firearm laying on the seat next to the sleeping driver.  Law enforcement responded and after calling in assistance, the driver surrendered and the firearm was determined to be a cell phone case.  The Alhambra Police Department issued a caution to others after the incident.

The Alhambra Fire Department responded to a medical attention call around 10:52 AM after citizens called in concern for a man asleep or unconscious in his vehicle.  AFD responded to the parking lot of Albertson Story at Commonwealth Ave. & Fremont Ave.where they found a male possibly asleep or unconscious in the driver’s seat of a blue Suburban, with what appeared to be a gun next to him.

The firemen retreated and dispatched the Alhambra Police for assistance.  APD responded and after they looked in the vehicle’s window they saw what did indeed appear to be a gun on his lap next to his hand.  APD Assistant Chief Elliot Kase said they began communication with the man’s family and tried many ways to wake him up.  Nearby stores including Albertson’s, Toys “R” Us and PetSmart were all placed on lockdown during the incident.  Law enforcement used air horns and sirens in an attempt to wake the man up, to no avail.

Officers reached out to the Special Enforcement Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who responded and took over the investigation.  Around 2:35 PM SWAT officers were able to approach the vehicle and wake the driver.  The subject surrendered and exited his vehicle with his hands up.

The incident ended peacefully and it was determined that the firearm in question was actually a gun-shaped cellphone case.  According to police, the man said he was just very tired after working a night shift.  Business’ in the area were able to return to normal.  The Special Enforcement Bureau of the the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Monterey Park Police Department, South Pasadena Police Department and the San Marino Police Department all responded to assist.

The Alhambra Police Department issued a statement after the incident with a photo of the cell phone case, along with a piece of advice, “Please reconsider carrying items like this in public.”

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