Rafu Staff Report
The man who barricaded himself inside the Shinyodo gift store in Little Tokyo’s Japanese Village Plaza on the night of July 3 and morning of July 4 is still in the Los Angeles County Jail Medical Ward, according to a detective with the LAPD’s Central Division.
The 45-year-old man, whose name has not been made public, will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon for wielding a sword and threatening a security guard, who was not injured.
Everyone was evacuated from the store and the suspect, who had threatened to kill himself, remained barricaded inside for eight and a half hours until police flushed him out with tear gas.
The suspect has not been arraigned because his self-inflicted injuries are “too severe,” the detective said. His court appearance has been set for July 19. The case is being handled by the Force Investigation Division.