LA cops descend on Paramount Pictures studio after ‘sexual assault suspect barricades himself inside building with a knife’
- Police apprehended suspect at 10pm Sunday close to the Hollywood studio
- Suspect fled into the nearby studio and was allegedly armed with a blade
- Dozens of squad cars swarmed at the scene as the man barricaded himself in
- Police would not confirm reports there had been a shot fired at the scene
LA cops have descended on Paramount Pictures studio after a sexual assault suspect barricaded himself inside a building with a knife, local media report.
Police said that officers were trying to arrest the man at around 10pm Sunday but that he ran away and into the nearby Hollywood studio.
The suspect was allegedly carrying a knife and dozens of police cars swarmed at the scene.
Police would not confirm reports that there had been a shooting on the property.
Officers were focusing their search on the ‘Washington Square’ area of the Hollywood studio, where the buildings are made to look like New York City
Police officers move through the fictional New York set in Los Angeles on Sunday night as they hunt the suspect
The suspect was allegedly carrying a knife and dozens of police cars swarmed outside the famous arches of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood
Officers have urged the public to stay away from the area of Melrose Avenue and Gower Street (pictured: police cars at the scene on Sunday night)
An ambulance (left) a helicopter scours the scene with a searchlight (right)
Officers have urged the public to stay away from the area of Melrose Avenue and Gower Street.
Police K9 units were searching buildings on the lot and a helicopter with a searchlight was flying overheard.
Officers were focusing their search on the ‘Washington Square’ area of the studio, where the buildings are made to look like New York City.
LAPD tweeted: ‘There is currently heavy police activity within our @LAPDHollywood Division in the vicinity of the 5500 block of Melrose Ave.
‘If you live in the area, please stay indoors. If you don’t live in the area, please stay away at this time.’