Man Aimed High-Powered Guns At Park From Sunset Blvd. High-Rise: LAPD

HOLLYWOOD, CA β€” A Los Angeles man was in custody Wednesday after allegedly pointing guns at a park from the 18th floor of his high-rise Sunset Boulevard apartment, according to police.

Police arrested 24-year-old Braxton Johnson for allegedly making criminal threats, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred in Hollywood Tuesday, but police released few details about it.

Officers were dispatched to the scene of a possible mental illness call regarding a man living on the 18th floor of an apartment building on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gordon Street who was pointing a gun at a park below his apartment, CBS Los Angeles reported.

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“On the morning of January 31, 2023, Hollywood patrol officers respondent to a possible male with mental illness call,” according to a statement by the LAPD.

“During the course of their investigation, it was determined the elements of Criminal Threats had met,” according to the LAPD. “With the assistance of Hollywood detectives, search and arrest warrants were obtained. During the execution of a search warrant, several high-powered rifles, shotguns, handguns and a large cache of various munitions were recovered.”

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β€œThe suspect was located on the 18th floor of an apartment building with large windows with a view, with a non-obstructed view of a public park, downstairs, and some of the rifles were pointed outside of the windows,” LAPD Lt. Leon Tsap told KTLA.

Johnson was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and held on $500,000 bail.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing this case for filing, according to the LAPD.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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