Armed prowler arrested after manhunt in Lake View Terrace neighborhood

A man believed to be wanted for a string of burglaries in the northeast San Fernando Valley was taken into custody after an intense manhunt in Lake View Terrace Wednesday night. 

Police were out in full force searching for the so-called "Shadow Hills prowler" after receiving several 911 calls from neighbors who reported seeing the armed prowler.   

The Los Angeles Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies responded to the area of Wheatland Ave. and Wentworth St. around 7:30 p.m. It wasn't until 10:30 p.m. that police located him and K9 units moved in to apprehend him. 

Neighbors called 911 to say they heard gunshots. Another 911 call was made by a neighbor who reported seeing a man with a backpack run through their backyard. 

Neighbors have been on edge for days… now many can rest knowing the suspect was finally caught. 

The man is responsible for a string of burglaries at residential and commercial buildings in Shadow Hills and other parts of the northeast San Fernando Valley.

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In one security video, the man was seen holding what appears to be a rifle casually walking through the yard of a Shadow Hills home. On October 24, a man with a similar description was seen wearing a backpack and reaching into the waistband of his pants. At one point, you can see what appears to be a handgun tucked into the right side. He eventually turns around, notices the camera and walks away.

Police believe he lives or was hiding in the hills around the area. Investigators believe the man may be homeless.

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He was described as Latino, about 6-feet tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was also described as being between the ages of 30 and 40, with short dark hair and with a distinctive marijuana leaf tattoo on his right shoulder. 

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