A man wanted for vandalizing a laundromat threw tar from the roof of a Sizzler restaurant in a bizarre 2 1/2-hour standoff in Pico Rivera.
Deputies responded to the vandalism report a about 3 p.m. at a laundry in the 9000 block of Washington Boulevard, Deputy Michelle Sanchez of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said.
The 34-year-old man was gone when deputies arrived, but then authorities learned he had climbed onto the roof of a nearby Sizzler in the 6700 block of Rosemead Boulevard, Sanchez said. While deputies tried to talk the man down he grabbed a one-gallon bucket of roof tar and threw it down at them, she said.
He also grabbed a metal bar and gestured with it as the sheriff's mental evaluation team tried to speak with him, Sanchez said.
The man agreed to come down about 5:30 p.m. and a ladder was moved to the building to help him, she said.
But while climbing down, the man jumped to the ground and appeared to charge at deputies, Sanchez said. That is when "less than lethal resources'' were used to subdue him, she said.
She said she did not know what was used. Less lethal devices include stun guns, beanbag rounds and other options used to subdue subjects.
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The man was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation before he was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and vandalism, Sanchez said.
No deputies were injured, she said.