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Standoff at La Vie Restaurant
by amanda
Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2007 9:20 PM
A man blockaded himself inside La Vie restaurant this morning sometime around 9am and remained inside for many hours.
These photos were taken between 1 and 2 pm this afternoon. The Santa Cruz police department blocked off Front Street and positioned themselves outside the restaurant. As of 4 pm the road was still blocked off but reports describe the event ending around that time.

A phone call to the Sheriff's department (the police at the scene weren't talking to anyone besides corporate press), confirmed there were no hostages despite the rampant flow of rumors among the crowd and the refusal of police officers on the scene to confirm or deny additional parties involved.
§SCPD Parked Outside La Vie
by amanda Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2007 9:20 PM
The three officers behind this truck remained there keeping a close view inside the restaurant.
§Chris Inside La Vie
by amanda Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2007 9:20 PM
Every few minutes a bullhorn would announce, "Chris, this is the Santa Cruz police, answer the phone."

Chris would walk past the windows, place notes against the glass, swing the hanging pictures around, almost taunting the cops. At one point we heard him throw something against the glass.
by amanda Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2007 9:20 PM
A crowd gathered on all sides of the police tape.
§Poised and Ready
by amanda Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2007 9:20 PM
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