West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating an incident on Dec. 7 in which a woman allegedly tried to block deputies from entering an apartment building in the 1100 block of Poinsettia Place to investigate a domestic violence call.
Sgt. Joana Warren said authorities received two calls from separate people around 3 p.m. about a domestic violence incident occurring in a unit in the building. When deputies arrived, they were unable to enter because of a locked lobby door that requires visitors to be buzzed in, Warren added.
At that time, two women walked up and opened the door, and the deputies told them they were there to investigate a domestic violence call, she said. One of the women told the deputies they needed a search warrant to enter and attempted to close the door, Warren added. The woman became uncooperative and a brief scuffle ensued before the woman was detained. The suspect was placed in the back seat of a patrol car and deputies went inside the building to the unit where the domestic violence incident was reported, Warren said.
Deputies were met by a man who was home alone. They searched the apartment and nobody else was inside the unit, so deputies left, Warren said. The sergeant had no further details. She said authorities have been called to the apartment multiple times in the past to investigate reports of yelling and fighting, but had no information about any prior arrests at the location.
Warren said the woman who was arrested is a resident at the building. She was taken to the sheriff’s station and booked for willfully obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. Warren said the woman, who she did not identify, was released after being cited and fingerprinted.
“She basically pulled the door shut, which is obstructing or impeding a police officer. During those minutes, she delayed them in getting to a potential victim,” Warren said. “She claimed they needed a search warrant, but because there were exigent circumstances – they were there investigating a domestic violence call – they didn’t need a warrant to enter. It is an unusual incident. I have never encountered anything like this.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the West Hollywood Station at (310)855-8850. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-TIPS.
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