“Mission Unimaginable” actor Ving Rhames mentioned he opened his entrance door two years in the past to discover a purple dot pointed at his brow – as police held him at gunpoint as a result of a neighbor had referred to as 911 to report a “giant black man” was breaking into the home.
Rhames, who performs pc hacker Luther Stickell within the motion flick franchise, recounted being dwelling alone at his Santa Monica property watching ESPN when he heard a knock on the door and opened it to discover a gun pointed at him.
“I open the door and there’s a purple dot pointed at my face from a 9mm,” the star, who performed gang boss Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction,” mentioned on the “Clay Cane Present” on Sirius XM on Friday. “They are saying, ‘put up your fingers.’”
Harlem-born Rhames, 59, mentioned three officers with the Santa Monica Police Dept., the police captain and a police canine, ordered him to step outdoors – however the state of affairs was subtle when the police chief acknowledged him. Rhames’ teenage son, who goes to Brentwood Excessive College had performed in opposition to the captain’s son at Crossroads Excessive College.
“He mentioned it was a mistake and apologized,” Rhames recalled, including that he was nonetheless shaken.
The officers advised Rhames a girl who lived throughout the road had referred to as them to say a big black man was breaking into the home.
However when the actor and two officers went over to the house, the neighbor denied having made the decision, Rhames mentioned.
“Right here I’m in my own residence, alone in some basketball shorts. Simply because somebody referred to as and mentioned a big black man is breaking in, once I opened up the door a 9mm is pointed at me,” he mentioned.
“My drawback is, and I mentioned this to them, what if it was my son and he had a online game distant or one thing and also you thought it was a gun?”
Santa Monica police on Saturday confirmed to Individuals the incident occurred on July 29, 2016 – and mentioned officers typically have their weapons drawn in suspected burglaries as a result of they will get violent.
“We bought a name from a number of neighbors indicating that they thought what they have been taking a look at was a housebreaking within the dwelling and we responded inside minutes,” mentioned Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez. “As quickly as we found it was Mr. Rhames, we de-escalated instantly and knowledgeable him what occurred.”
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