By Edwin Folven, 5/17/2012
A transient who allegedly pulled a knife on a retired police officer as he ate dinner at a restaurant on 3rd Street on May 10 was arrested by S.W.A.T. officers after a three-hour standoff.
The suspect’s name was not released. Authorities said he may have been suffering from mental illness and would receive a psychiatric evaluation. Det. Yearwood, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division, confirmed the incident occurred, but provided few details.
The suspect reportedly approached the retired Simi Valley police officer around 8 p.m. as he and a female companion dined on the patio at the 3rd Stop Gastropub, located at 8636 W. 3rd St. After the suspect pulled out a kitchen knife and confronted the couple, the retired officer drew his gun and the suspect ran away. The former officer gave chase, and the man barricaded himself inside a bathroom at a nearby clothing store. The S.W.A.T. team was summoned, and the suspect surrendered without incident around 11 p.m.
Police closed streets in the area while the incident unfolded, including 3rd Street, and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. Sgt. Arthur Famble, with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said deputies assisted the LAPD because the incident is very close to the West Hollywood Border.