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Armed suspects prompt 91 Fwy lane closures

All lanes of the 91 Freeway are open after a search for armed suspects closed down the freeway Friday afternoon.

July 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
All lanes of the 91 Freeway were closed between Bloomfield and Pioneer after a pursuit ended with suspects fleeing on foot. All lanes were opened to traffic by 5 p.m.Officials believe suspects have bedded down in the brush near the freeway. Two police helicopters and two search dogs were on scene locating the suspects.

Authorities believe there are four to five suspects in total, described as three black men and a black woman. L.A. County Sheriff's deputies detained two men, and two suspects remained at large at 6 p.m. By 7:20 p.m., deputies had all suspects in custody.

The suspects, believed to be armed, allegedly robbed the Highglow Jewelry Store at 187th St. and Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia at about 2:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. No one was injured in the robbery.

Sheriff's deputies pursued the suspects for a short distance. The pursuit ended in a cul-de-sac on Palm St. just east of Norwalk Blvd. in Cerritos.

At the end of that pursuit, the suspects rammed a deputy's patrol car. The deputy was unharmed. The intentional collision adds an assault with a deadly weapon charge on a peace officer to the list of charges against the suspects.

The suspects fled the car on foot and were believed to be hiding in bushes next to the 91 Freeway. One male suspect was detained right away. Several hours later, all suspects were arrested and accounted for.

Sheriff's deputies used SWAT and K-9 units to assist in the search for the suspects.

The 91 Freeway was initially closed in both directions between Pioneer and Bloomfield. Westbound lanes of the 91 were opened to traffic as of 3:40 p.m. All lanes were open in both directions by 5 p.m.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies had advised residents to stay in their homes and lock the doors.


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