Five Arrested in Los Angeles Store Hostage Drama

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Los Angeles police say five people have been arrested for a holdup in which 14 people were held hostage for hours at a West Los Angeles clothing store.

Police secure the scene at the Nordstrom Rack store at Westchester Mall in Los Angeles, where LAPD SWAT officers rescued 14 people who were hiding in a storage room following an armed robbery, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Employees were closing up the store and preparing to go home when two gunmen stormed inside and took them hostage. The thugs stabbed one of the 14 Nordstrom Rack employees and sexually assaulted another before SWAT officers freed everyone early Friday, more than three hours after the ordeal began. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan) NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say five people have been arrested for a holdup in which 14 people were held hostage for hours at a West Los Angeles clothing store.

Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Monday that two men and two women were arrested over the weekend in Southern California and a third man was arrested in Phoenix, Ariz.

The men are being held for robbery and the women are being held as accessories after the fact.

One employee was stabbed and another was sexually assaulted Friday in the takeover holdup at a Nordstrom Rack store in a mall near Los Angeles International Airport. The three-hour ordeal ended with a SWAT team rushing into the store and rescuing workers. The robbers had fled.

The getaway car was later found abandoned.


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