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In which i saw a SWAT takedown


I don’t have a bucket list, possibly because I don’t have that many goals, but for whatever reason, it doesn’t exist.  I think it’s because the things that I find really, really awesome aren’t usually planned but they happen spontaneously.


For example, I really didn’t want to drive across the country but I’m glad I did.  First of all, I don’t think it’s easy to realize the huge expanse that is America.  Now obviously, I had seen maps before but until you drive and drive and drive and you’re still in the middle of nowhere, I don’t think you have a sense of appreciation for the size of this country.


But back to the bucket list; as I said, I don’t have one but IF I DID, the following event would have TOTALLY been on it.  What was the event?  Basically there was some sort of SWAT team takedown right in front of my hotel room and I had a front row seat.  Keely was a bit terrified but I thought it was frakking awesome.  Let me tell you about it.


On Sunday night, I took Keely and her new roommate Mallory along with Mallory’s friends Chandler, Michael and Michelle out to dinner.  We had a great time and I felt confident that this was a good housing situation for Keely.  After the great dinner, Keely and I went back to our hotel room to chill.  After all, it had been an exhausting and emotional search and we were tired.


We were staying at the Andaz, which is on Sunset in West Hollywood.  We were on the 3rd floor and our room was facing the street.  The downside was that it was a bit noisy but no worries; we had a fan with us.  The entire wall was a window and there was a little sitting area next to it.  Because the sun was so bright in the daytime, there were some sheer privacy screens over the window.  As I said, we were just chilling on our beds when we heard “COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS ABOVE YOUR HEAD” very loudly.  I can’t evendescribe to you how quickly Keely and I were out of bed and at the window.


Here’s what we saw.  The entire block of Sunset was shut down and police were diverting traffic elsewhere.  There were 3 cop cars at each end of the street with a few more thrown into the mix.  Directly across the street, there was a “Cuban Cigar lounge” and in the front door, there was a man with his hands up in the air.  Next to him, backing down the sidewalk was another man.


The police had him back down the sidewalk about 50 yards and then get on his knees.  Then two of them rushed up to him and while one held a gun to his head, the other one patted him down.  Then they cuffed him and put him in the car.  Then we hear the bullhorn again saying “NEXT GUY” and we see the other guy.


“TURN TO YOUR RIGHT,” the police tell him and he does.  Then they say “BACK DOWN THE SIDEWALK WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR” and he does that.  Meanwhile, Keely and I can see these red dots on his chest and head where all the rifles have their laser sights on him.  Keely was scared but the entire thing transfixed me.


Next door to the Andaz is The Comedy Store, which is a well-known LA comedy club.  As the second guy is backing down the street the crowd, which was pretty big and rowdy, started singing “bad boys, bad boys, what cha gonna do? What cha gonna do when they come for you” and the police were so pissed off but it was hilarious.  I think the moral of that story is don’t rob any store right in front of a comedy club.


The second guy was frisked and put into a car and they did this 5 times for 5 different guys.  By now, there were about 12 cop cars and a helicopter on the scene.  In front of us, on the ground, there were police snipers.  I have no idea what type of situation was going down but it was intense.


I would have thought it was all for a movie but there were no cameras.  Keely was worried so I turned off all the lights in the room so we could open the blinds more.  The entire thing was giving me a backache crouched down by the floor but we were directly across from the action ya know?


Finally, no more guys were coming out and the police say “LAST CHANCE BEFORE WE COME IN” which was pretty intense.  Then they backed up a huge SUV and a bunch of cops got behind the doors and they backed it up to the store.  After one last chance, the cops rushed into the store.


The helicopter was buzzing with the searchlight and the cops were searching the perimeter but I guess whoever they were really after snuck out the back because there was nobody left in the place.


I took pictures and actually videos.  I’ll attach them here and you can hear all the action (along with my comments) but I don’t know how to edit them down so you might not want to watch them. (whoops…too large to attach…sorry)


So, while I don’t have a bucket list I will say, after the fact, that it was one of the most exciting things I have ever seen.


I mean, those were some BAD BOYS right??

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  1. Mayor Gia
    January 28, 2013

    Wow, that’s crazy! Is there anything in the news about it yet?
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    • Lynn
      January 28, 2013

      I don’t know…it was in LA and i never bothered to check

  2. Jester Queen
    January 28, 2013

    Sweet! Put the video on Youtube!!! Then you can embed it. Man I just wrote “sweet” about guys getting arrested. Um. I’m afraid I’d have been with you popping corn and laughing at the comedy club hecklers.

  3. Lynn
    January 28, 2013

    yeah, i should get around to that…

  4. Cara Erickson
    January 28, 2013

    hilarious. Wish I could have been there to see that!

    • Lynn
      January 29, 2013

      it was cool … a little surreal

  5. Pechluck
    January 29, 2013

    This post made my Monday. I actually read it on my phone’s on my RSS feed and laughed on the train on the way to work and people stared at me like I was crazy. Thanks for sharing the story, and of course in your usual snarky fun meandering storytelling way like we were sharing morning mimosas and not writing for strangers/reading some stranger’s blog. Monday morning sucked less because of you.
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    • Lynn
      January 29, 2013

      thank you..I love this comment :))

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