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Pursuit suspect caught; weapon still missing

February 1, 2010 12:51:31 AM PST
A dangerous pursuit ended with one suspect jumping out of the vehicle and escaping into a Glendale shopping complex on Monday. After a two-hour search, police found the suspect hiding out at the mall's parking structure.Authorities had a perimeter set up around the shopping complex Americana at Brand to search for the man, described as white, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, wearing a white T-shirt and gray pants. Authorities say he was possibly armed.

"The guy went past us with a white shirt and blue jeans and then two cops and then two more cops with a gun," said Joyce Cuaresma of Glendale.

The pursuit began northbound on Hollywood Way just before 11 a.m. after officers spotted a brown Toyota Corolla that matched the description of a vehicle from four robberies in Burbank.

The pursuit began on surface streets and moved onto the eastbound 210 Freeway to the 2 Freeway in Glendale, then onto the westbound 134, with speeds reaching 120 miles per hour at times.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a parked car. The passenger jumped out, ran past a police officer, fell, got back up, collided with a police vehicle, then fled into Americana, where he was eventually captured and taken into custody.

Police have yet to locate any weapon the suspect may have been carrying.

A female driver was also taken into police custody.

"We had numerous officers here, and we sent officers to every single business," said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department. Lorenz said that officers were even sent to stores around the perimeter of mall, just in case.

The SWAT team and the K-9 unit were also dispatched to the area. A bloodhound eventually found the suspect in a stairwell on the eight floor of the mall's parking structure. The suspect gave himself up at that point.

Police say that he was not injured in the earlier chase. He faces multiple felony charges and is linked to as many as four robberies. Charges include robbery, evading arrest and resisting arrest.