Costa Mesa DMV Threatened
Several law enforcement agencies including the Costa Mesa Police Department, the California Highway, Newport Beach Police Department and the Santa Ana bomb squad (above) are at the site of the California Department of Motor Vehicles office on West 19th Street in Costa Mesa.
ONE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
According to reports from the scene, one person, described by witnesses as a "white person", has been taken into custody and the DMV offices are being searched. The sex of the individual in custody is not known at this time. In the background of this photo, over the officers in the foreground, you can see police officers around the suspect vehicle. A K-9 unit was also used in this operation.
DMV UNDER SIEGE FOR TWO HOURS
Preliminary reports from the CMPD indicate that this incident started around 5:45 p.m. today, Saturday, and was brought to a conclusion shortly after 7:30. Several blocks surrounding the DMV office in all directions were cordoned off for public safety. It is unknown at this time when the travel restrictions in that area will be lifted. You can see the nightsun light from the police helicopter in the upper left corner.
REASON FOR THE INCIDENT UNKNOWN
It is still early in the investigation, so it is unknown what prompted this threat to the DMV. It is unknown whether any individuals were in the DMV office during this time. This latest photo, which was provided by our friend A Bubbling Tipster with all the others here, shows the doors of the DMV ajar - apparently knocked off the tracks by the suspect's car.
I'll report more on this strange, dangerous event when information is available. At this time it appears to be under control. Reports from the scene by our stringer on this story, A Bubbling Tipster, tell us that when the suspect was arrested crowds of mostly Latino folks gathered in the area erupted in applause and cheers for the CMPD. Good job to all the agencies involved. Thanks for being there for us.
SUSPECT A FEMALE?
A report by "Anonymous" indicates that the suspect may have been a woman. The reporter said female screams were heard when the K-9 unit attacked. That's it on this story for tonight. Hopefully, one of the "real" news outlets will provide us with more information Sunday. We'll see. Thanks to our alert tipster and a reader for giving us the straight scoop on this story.
THE LAST WORD
Last entry on this story. Here's the Register's Jon Cassidy's take on it. That story is just too funny for words! Take a second and scroll through the Register photos... you'll see one of a police officer with his dog slung over his shoulder... love it.