Written by AARON CASTREJON
MONTEREY PARK – A supermarket was evacuated and searched Wednesday after a man threatened a woman, claiming he had a gun, the Monterey Park Police Department said.
Police dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls around 7:20 p.m. to Ralphs, 330 N. Atlantic Blvd. June 15. One caller claimed a man bumped into her inside the store and said he had a gun in a threatening manner, according to the Monterey Park Police Department.
No gun was ever seen, according to the Monterey Park Police Department.
Employees told arriving officers the man was in the rear of the store.
“Officer searched the interior of the store and confirmed the suspect had retreated into the back of the store by reviewing the interior store cameras. Officers located a ceiling crawl space where they believed the suspect was hiding,” according to the Monterey Park Police Department in a written statement.
After a lengthy period, the 57-year-old man surrendered to officers. He was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.
“An article search of the interior of the store was conducted with a Monterey Park Police K9 and no gun was recovered. No one was injured during the incident,” according to the Monterey Park Police Department.