2 men armed with assault rifles rob Rolex store at Century City Mall

CENTURY CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two brazen suspects armed with assault rifles held up a Rolex store at the Westfield Century City Shopping Center Monday afternoon, firing at least one shot during the robbery. No injuries were reported.

Authorities say the armed robbery happened in the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at 12:01 p.m. The gunmen went up the escalator to the mall and headed straight to the store during lunch hour.

A security guard tried to stop the suspects from entering, but when he tried to shut the door, the suspect fired a round into the store.

"All the people in the store were ordered to lay down on the ground," said LAPD Lt. John Jenal.

The suspects fled with an undetermined amount of merchandise. They headed back down the escalator, where a third suspect was waiting in a getaway vehicle.

Police say the getaway vehicle was reported stolen out of the South Los Angeles area. The suspects abandoned the vehicle about two blocks from the mall and fled on foot.

The LAPD issued a citywide modified tactical alert for the West Bureau. After searching the area with K-9s, the search was suspended.

The suspects were described as black men wearing all black and armed with rifles.
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