Police arrest two follow-home robbery suspects downtown
Authorities arrested two follow-home robbery suspects in downtown Los Angeles after the pair ran from a car while being followed by a surveillance team Wednesday, according to the LAPD.
Around 1 p.m., investigators saw a vehicle traveling at high speeds south on West 1st Street near North Fremont Avenue, said Capt. Kelly Muniz, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson. The vehicle crashed into a railing near the 100 block of West 1st Street, and two men ran from the scene.
One suspect was taken into custody a short distance away, Muniz said. Officers discovered he was armed with a handgun.
The second suspect was seen running into a vacant building in the 100 block of North Figueroa Street, Muniz said.
Four victims were held at gunpoint as the robbers ransacked a home on Coldwater Canyon Drive, police said.
A police dog was brought in to search for the second suspect, Muniz said.
A police source familiar with the investigation told The Times that the second suspect was taken into custody following the search.
Investigators said the suspects were in a stolen vehicle.
Capt. Jonathan Tippet, of the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, said the men were being tracked by a surveillance team in an unmarked unit.
The unit is part of a task force investigating a series of follow-home robberies over the last six months, Tippet said.
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