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Homeless man found in underground vault in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo


A homeless man was recently arrested after being found last week in an underground vault in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The discovery: The vault is located next to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) on Alameda Street.

Guards noticed for the first time the man who carried several bags into the vault on the night of July 3, according to JANM CFO Doug Van Kirk. Then the man would have climbed into a larger vault. The Los Angeles Police Department was then called.

What’s in it: Underground vaults contain electrical lines or water and natural gas valves.

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From Kirk said theirs did not provide access to the museum, but those connecting pipes and someone camping in them are a serious fire hazard. Empty food containers and other debris were reportedly found in the safes, which were locked on Friday.

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Costs: The man was still in the larger vault when authorities arrived. He reportedly hit an officer after being ordered to climb up. During the search, police reportedly found a replica gun and drug paraphernalia. He is charged with trespassing and threatening a police officer.

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