VAN NUYS (CNS) — A man who was allegedly armed with a knife and set his jacket on fire barricaded himself inside a Denny’s restaurant bathroom in Van Nuys for about six hours before surrendering.
Officers responded around 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, to the area of the Airtel Hotel in Van Nuys on a report of a man with a knife, police said. According to reports from the scene, the man had set his jacket on fire and scrambled up a tree.
When police arrived, he jumped from the tree and fled into the Denny’s in the 16400 block of Sherman Way. Police said he barricaded himself alone in a bathroom, prompting a response from a SWAT team.
The man eventually surrendered around 10:25 a.m., police said. No injuries were reported.