4:50 AM… Federal Agents pull up, two Flash Bang Grenades and then…a recorded message?
“Federal Agents enforcing a search warrant” (Neighbors name) “Please come out of your house with your hands up”
Repeatedly played over a loud speaker while the agents waited in defensible positions out front.
This is how my neighbor was arrested 1-26-2013 at 4:50 in the morning.
I was sleeping with my bedroom window open since it was a beautiful night out. (I apologize to anyone freezing their cheeks off in other parts of the country; I currently live in Oceanside CA, so I was enjoying some fresh ocean air).
I believe what started to wake me was the large number of cars pulling up, down the street. Seconds later I was fully awake when the flash bang grenades went off; however, initially I believed these to be shotgun blasts. Because the blasts sounded so close, I hit the floor running to make sure my family members were safe.
Then the above (poorly paraphrased) recording started playing over and over lasting approximately 2 minutes. By the time I had checked on my loved ones and clothed myself, the recording had stopped and my neighbor was being taken away in the back of a 4 door car with blacked out windows.
The “Agents” I saw were dressed like your typical G-men- not soldiers in Afghanistan. There was no SWAT team. No local Police. No Urban Assault Vehicle. No door breech. And from what I could tell the flash bangs were deployed in the entryway, next to the closed front door.
Has anyone else seen anything like this?
Is this a new method of serving Search Warrants? Is it to prevent unwanted attention, lawsuits, keep the body counts down, or?
If you don’t know what Flash Bang Grenades are:
The police in this video think FBGs are funny, but no one in my neighborhood was laughing.