After a three-day long media stakeout outside the home of a Cerritos man linked to the making of the anti-Islam movie that has ignited a firestorm of outrage and violence abroad, Cerritos Sheriff's Station deputies on Saturday escorted the filmmaker, whose face was cloaked in secrecy, out of his residence shortly after midnight.
The late night exit began when four Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicles, including an unmarked car, carrying members of the Cerritos Station's Special Assignment Operations (SAO) team rolled up to the scene of the media blitzed cul-de-sac and quickly made their way toward a gate on the left side of the two-story home. After one of the deputies knocked on the black wrought-iron gate, the entrance swung open and two SAO team members made entry into the home's backyard. Meanwhile five deputies stoically stood in front of the gate as a handful of news crews stood by documenting the operation in progress. LASD spokesman Steve Whitmore and Cerritos Sheriff's Capt. Joe Gonzales were also present.