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LAPD in standoff with Ghost Protocol character. Sort of.

June 4th, 2013 by Marc Comments

OK, we at FTN love a videogame adventure as much as anyone, heck we even love a bit of roleplay, but the LAPD just took these to a whole new level…

According to the LAPD were in a very unique stand-off at the Robotoki headquarters on Friday night as they detained the studio head Robert Bowling and then turned on what was described as a ‘heavily armed suspect’.

The site reports that an employee of the company pressed a panic button after they saw an armed man at the building and feared they were about to find themselves in a hostage or terrorist situation. So the LAPD stormed the building (above).

However, about 30mins in to the raid they realised all was not as it seemed. Mt Robert Bowling told reporters: “They yelled for me to put my hands up and walk towards them slowly, then took me into custody and out of the studio until they cleared the rest of the rooms and floors.”

It was at this point they realised the ‘terrorist’ was in fact a statue of Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley from the video game Ghost Protocol (below). D’oh!

Still, we must commend the LAPD on their swift response and, while the story is funny, be thankful that the situation they feared was not the situation it was.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….