RESIDENTS SAFE AFTER LA MESA MAN THREATENED TO BLOW UP HOME

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

December 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – A La Mesa man called 911 last night at 11:30 to report that he had filled his home with gas and planned to blow it up.  La Mesa Police swiftly evacuated neighbors, some in pajamas.

ECM news partner 10 News was at the scene and got video of the man emerging from the home after police knocked on the door.  He went back inside but after a 45 minute stand-off, staggered out front and collapsed briefly.  Police carried him to the street, where he revived and was taken into custody.

Neighbors told 10 News that police had been called to the residence frequently in recent weeks.  The man is reportedly undergoing a mental health evaluation.

After crews turned off the gas service, residents were allowed to returned home.