Suspect in Long Beach hostage situation was on parol: LBPD

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A parolee was arrested after barricading himself with a hostage inside a Long Beach fourplex overnight, police said.

The incident began just before 10 p.m. Wednesday when police responded to the 2000 block of East Ocean Boulevard regarding a man with a gun who fired shots into the air, a spokesperson for the Long Beach Police Department confirmed to KTLA.

Arriving officers saw the suspect fleeing and then running into a residence in the area of Gaviota Avenue and 1st Street.

A suspect, later identified as Erick Smith, was taken into custody following a hostage situation in Long Beach on June 20, 2024. (OnScene.TV)A man was held hostage by an armed suspect in Long Beach on June 20, 2024. (OnScene.TV)

The spokesperson also confirmed that a hostage was inside the residence with the suspect.

Around 2 a.m., video showed the male hostage briefly standing in the doorway apparently to show police that he was OK before going back into the home.

The suspect, later identified by police as 31-year-old Erick Smith, could also be seen in the video standing near the hostage and then guiding him back into the residence.

A SWAT team was sent to the scene to negotiate with the suspect, who eventually released the hostage around 4 a.m.

The victim told KTLA’s Carlos Herrera that he and his wife were OK. The man’s wife was apparently able to escape to an upstairs unit at some point during the incident.

A short time later, officers deployed gas into the residence and took Smith into custody, police said.

Smith was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, burglary, obstructing a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, assault with a firearm and false imprisonment.

His bail was set at $1.2 million.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.