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Suspect Compared to "Jason Bourne" Arrested in Arts District Standoff

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, at 01:42PM
Brian Alexik Eric Richardson [Flickr]

LAPD officers lead a man they know as Brian Alexik to a waiting rescue vehicle after arresting him.

Brian Alexik, the man who police compared to movie figure "Jason Bourne" after he eluded capture in April, was arrested today following a three hour standoff in the Arts District.

On April 19, officers responding to diesel fumes coming from Alexik's unit in the Reserve Lofts found loaded weapons, counterfeit money and drugs. The 33-year-old eluded capture by escaping out the building's fire escape. Multiple passports were found in the unit, all with different names.

This morning, police following up on a lead surrounded the American Hotel at Traction and Hewitt, approaching a unit occupied by a girl they believe to be Alexik's girlfriend.

"Ultimately what she told us was that Alexik was inside the location," explained Steven Sambar of LAPD's Major Crimes division. "Out of caution and concern from the evidence that we had before ... we used our caution to ensure our Special Weapons and Tactics came out to assist us in making contact with him. He did voluntarily submit to arrest."

Alexik's surrender came shortly before 2pm. He was wanted on three felony charges: possession of assault weapons, possession of a short barrel shotgun, and of being a convicted felon with a gun. More charges could come later, as could charges against the woman in whose unit Alexik was found.

"She's cooperating with us, but based upon our interview and what we find inside the apartment, we could very well arrest her for perhaps harboring a fugitive," said Sambar.


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