Conan Nolan, Troy McLaurin
After police arrested a man who barged into a secure area of Los Angeles City Hall, questions remain about security at the building. The incident on Friday caused city employees to run and many feared for their safety. Conan Nolan reports from downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014.
The security of the Los Angeles City Hall is being questioned after a 26-year-old shirtless and shoeless man entered the building undetected last Friday.
The suspect, 26-year-old Robert Carp, found his way to the office of Councilman Mike Bonin.
"He jumped over a counter and he wandered around the office and he rather softly told the staff to leave the office. Which is they did, they went immediately across the hall to (Tom Labonge's office), hit a panic button, and a few staff members went downstairs to personally inform security," Bonin said.
Bonin was not in the office at the time of the incident.
Carp was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, vandalism, and trespassing.
Carp allegedly wrote “the cartel is after me” on the office wall.
The public entrance of City Hall is secure, with LAPD officers staffing metal detectors. According to an NBC4 report, there are several other doors to City Hall that are accessible to employees using a keypad system, and it is believe that Carp followed an employee into the building using one of these non-staffed entrances.
"We're reviewing video footage, certainly the suspect is in custody as well. It is an investigation that we can’t talk into detail on but we’re taking proactive measures now to ensure that the people are safe here," Councilman Mitch Englander said.
Carp’s actions appeared to be random and no one was injured during the incident, according to LAPD.