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TOPIC: Woman Causes Bomb Threat in DTLA

Woman Causes Bomb Threat in DTLA 21 May 2015 16:42 #7205

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Yesterday morning, there was a commotion in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles when a woman attempted at entering the Federal Building, on Los Angeles St, allegedly strapped with a bomb. I experienced the event first hand, due to the fact that I work in that building. As a matter of fact, I was in the lobby when it all went down. My workplace is located in a level 5 security building, and so any threat, as minor as it could be, is handled with the upmost diligence and attention to protocol. Subsequently, we've had several false alarms due to someone leaving their lunch on a bus bench and security recognizing it as a 'mysterious package'. Unfortunately, this wasn't just someone calling wolf. The suspect was seriously distraught and unstable. She was shouting that she "wants the Justice Department!", and once security identified this as a red alert matter the entire lobby was evacuated to the courtyard. We knew things were getting tense when we noticed the rest of the building being hustled out as well, floor by floor. The ordeal lasted several hours, meanwhile I checked social media for updates on the incident. All surrounding streets were closed off as the bomb squad arrived. Police had been negotiating with the suspect. Finally, she was apprehended and taken into custody. It turns out that there was no bomb and she had falsified the entire thing. Go figure. Nonetheless, I'm appreciative of the urgency by emergency responders and the fact that no bystanders were harmed.
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Woman Causes Bomb Threat in DTLA 23 May 2015 19:29 #7222

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It sounds like everything was handled with care and caution. Thank God! If she really did have a bomb, just thinking about the possibilities of outcomes is insane. Good thing those pre-warning false alarms helped security stay on point and be diligent about the situation. Most of the times when you hear about incident like this, the situation could've been handle a lot better by the staff and security. They're not really trained well in the area of lesser is better, when a situation calls for a conversation instead of bullets. Peacekeepers and any type of security or law officer should be more prepared in negotiation than lethal force. Thinking about how the situation went down and how you explained it, it sounds like the security at your building did a pretty good job.
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Woman Causes Bomb Threat in DTLA 24 May 2015 17:58 #7237

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Hi Vanessa.

It's good to know that the situation was handled accordingly. However, I can very much relate to those situations in which it may have seen that there was an overreaction, like how you described the lunch being a "suspicious package". I went to UCSB for one year, and during my time there, almost every weekend I got text message alerts saying that there was a suspicious package was spotted in one of the living quarters or the classrooms. It was always just a backpack or something, I don't know what was so suspicious about it. But a quarter of the time specialists had to come in and check if it really was a bomb. There is a very thin line between overreacting and making sure the situation is always under control. But I always thought that their reactions were a little much.
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Woman Causes Bomb Threat in DTLA 25 May 2015 03:42 #7288

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Yikes! I'm glad you're okay. And, sounds like it was quite the production to get things sorted out. It, must have been a bit scary from a first hand experience. I'm glad they responded quickly too. As with the history our country has with bombings and buildings, you never know if something like that is going to turn out of for the worse or not. Nor do you know how BIG of a bomb it is or how much damage it will do if it actually is one. Thank goodness it wasn't for real. But, reassuring to see that the bomb squad andAngeles, in general, is equipped for those types of situations.
Last Edit: 25 May 2015 03:44 by sandy.w.. Reason: spelling
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