An armed woman who authorities said held them at bay for several hours after taking the chief financial officer of an El Segundo-based popcorn company hostage Tuesday was identified as Leonora Banuelos.
Banuelos surrendered at 11:31 a.m. after a more than three-hour standoff at the corporate headquarters of Popcornopolis in the 1300 block of East El Segundo Boulevard, said Capt. Bob Turnbull.
Police said Banuelos, 21, took the company’s chief financial officer hostage at gunpoint and told all the other company employees to leave the building.
The incident began about 8:15 a.m., when Banuelos, armed with a handgun, walked into the company’s corporate offices and ordered all the employees out except for the chief financial officer, Turnbull said.