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The Westchester man suspected of threatening to blow up the White House and engaging in an eight-hour standoff with police was already being prosecuted for allegedly terrorizing and abusing his mother.
Joseph Moshe, 56, was wanted in two misdemeanor cases charging him with trespassing, violating a restraining order and elder abuse, Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Mitch Fox said.
He was arrested Thursday after withstanding four blasts of tear gas into his car, where he sat for hours, refusing to come out. Special weapons team officers blasted Moshe with a Taser at the end of the ordeal and took him to jail.
His mother, Julia Moshe, told the Daily Breeze during the siege Thursday that her son was a sick man. She obtained a restraining order in recent months to keep him away from her, Fox said.
"She lives in fear of him," the prosecutor said.
In January, Moshe went to his mother's residence and refused to leave. She called police after three days, Fox said.
From March to June,
Moshe made repeated calls to his mother, threatening her and making demands, Fox said. Many of the calls were recorded.
Moshe yells, screams and threatens his mother, the prosecutor said.
The charges do not involve assaults against her, but the elderly woman indicated that her son has been physical in the past, Fox said.
A judge issued a warrant for Moshe's arrest on July 29 when he failed to appear for proceedings at the Airport Courthouse.
Police said Moshe called 911 on Wednesday and threatened to blow up the White House.
Dispatchers notified the U.S. Secret Service, which protects the president.
Secret Service agents began conducting an investigation on Thursday, discovering the court warrants seeking Moshe's arrest.
When agents went to speak with Moshe about 10 a.m., he drove away in his red Volkswagen Beetle. Los Angeles police officers tried to stop him, but he sped away and drove to the Federal Building in Westwood.
Moshe then refused to come out or talk to officers, even after tear gas was fired into the car and blasted into his face with a hose.
Special weapons team officers shot him about 6:30 p.m. with a Taser and pulled him from the car.
Moshe's mother refused comment on Friday.