2 suspects taken into custody following erratic chase, carjacking in North Hollywood; 1 on the loose

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Authorities chased a silver sedan containing three possibly armed suspects through the San Fernando Valley Monday night before it ended in a carjacking and crash.

The chase started in North Hollywood, and authorities said they believed the suspects may be gang members. One person had a warrant out for their arrest.

"Very distinctive facial tattoos. Gang enforcement detail officers here in North Hollywood recognized those tattoos very quickly as the suspect drove by and it went from there," Capt. Craig Valenzuela said.

Authorities later said one of the suspects may be wanted for murder.

During the chase, the driver weaved in and out of traffic on the 5 Freeway and surface streets. At one point, the vehicle traveled at high speeds in downtown Burbank.

The suspects eventually got back on the 5 Freeway and exited again in North Hollywood.

At one point, the suspect almost collided with a white vehicle as he blew through traffic lights.

During the erratic chase, the vehicle sped through residential streets and nearly crashed into another vehicle, instead crashing into trash cans in front of a home.

Near Sylvan Street and Kraft Avenue, the driver stopped the vehicle near a curb, allowing one or two of the suspects to flee from the sedan.

The driver continued quickly down the street.

After a short time, the suspect stopped the vehicle at Whitsett Park and fled on foot.

Within minutes he was spotted near vehicles on the outskirts of the park. The suspect carjacked an SUV, but as he tried to exit the park, a police patrol SUV rammed into the front of the vehicle and stopped the suspect.

He was taken into custody.

Authorities said a second suspect who fled from the silver sedan was also taken into custody, but a third suspect remained on the loose.
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