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Shirtless transient arrested after breaching LA councilman's City Hall office



L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin was at a function on the Westside Friday afternoon when a transient who was allegedly under the influence of drugs broke into his City Hall office.
L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin was at a function on the Westside Friday afternoon when a transient who was allegedly under the influence of drugs broke into his City Hall office.
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A transient man believed to be under the influence of drugs made his way to L.A City Councilman Mike Bonin's fourth-floor City Hall office Friday, where he jumped the receptionist's desk and scribbled on the wall, according to a LAPD advisory and a spokesman for the councilman. 

The man, who was barefoot and shirtless, jumped over the front desk and made mutterings that led council staffers to believe he was on drugs, said David Graham-Caso, spokesman for the councilman.

The council staffers ran into Councilman Tom LaBonge's office, where they activated a panic alarm. Bonin was not in the office at the time of the incident. 

The suspect was identified as Robert Carp, 25, said Cmdr. Andy Smith of LAPD's media relations office. 

Carp allegedly wrote on the walls of Bonin's office: "the cartel is after me." He was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

City Hall has one entrance for the public. It is equipped with metal detectors and visitors are required to show identification to sign in. Other entrances have keypads that are only accessible to city employees. It's unclear how Carp got past security.

General Services officers were handing out LAPD advisories on the incident in the lobby of City Hall Monday afternoon. The advisory was labeled as "not for public distribution or media release."