LOS ANGELES — An L.A.-Area restaurant owner was forced to break open his own bar Friday hours after local officials boarded up the establishment.
Tinhorn Flats co-owner Lucas Lepejian, 20, had to use power tools to rip off plywood obstructing entrances to the building and back patio the morning after law enforcement arrested him on a misdemeanor for violating coronavirus guidelines by servicing customers Thursday.
The plywood on the backdoor entrance of the brick-and-mortar building itself means officials must have climbed over the surrounding fence to board up the immigrant-run business.
Local officials boarded up inside doors of @TinhornFlats too. It appears they climbed over the fence into the establishment to board up entry to the building.
There’s no other way officials would have been able to access the back patio pic.twitter.com/qrszR0uzge
— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) April 2, 2021
“I’m taking actions into my own hands,” Lepejian told The Federalist, as he prepared to saw off the