Police and SWAT teams set up a command post in the parking lot of a coffee shop near Beverly and Robertson boulevards.
A knife-wielding robber messed with the wrong guy, police say, after a retired cop thwarted his robbery attempt last night in a West Hollywood restaurant, then chased him into the bathroom of a fancy clothing store.
That’s where the would-be robber barricaded himself, police say, leading to a big scene as SWAT teams set up a perimeter and worked on talking him out. He finally surrendered after a three-hour standoff.
According to KTLA and other reports, the retired Simi Valley police officer was having dinner with his girlfriend at The 3rd Stop restaurant near Robertson Boulevard and 3rd Street around 8 p.m. when an apparently homeless man walked right up to their table, pulled out an 8-inch kitchen knife and demanded their food.
The cop, who has the amazing name of Kido Ebrahimzedah, pulled a gun on that knife fight and the would-be robber turned and ran.