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La Crescenta carjacking suspect remains on the loose

A carjacking suspect reportedly threatened a man in La Crescenta into handing over his vehicle after claiming he had a gun, according to Glendale police.
A carjacking suspect reportedly threatened a man in La Crescenta into handing over his vehicle after claiming he had a gun, according to Glendale police.
(Glendale News-Press)

A carjacking suspect who led Glendale police on a pursuit Friday morning from La Crescenta to Los Angeles remains on the loose, according to authorities.

A man was sitting in his parked vehicle in the 3300 block of North Verdugo Road in La Crescenta when sometime before 7:45 a.m. he was approached by someone asking for a ride. The person claimed he had a gun and demanded the driver hand over his car.

Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale Police Department spokeswoman, said the car’s owner never saw the man’s weapon, but still did as he was told without further incident.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle, a gray 2011 Toyota Camry, and chased after the driver.

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As the chase made its way into Los Angeles, Lightfoot said officers decided to end their pursuit and let the carjacker go because his driving became more erratic — endangering pedestrians and other motorists.

The car was last seen in the area of Riverside Drive and Allesandro Street.

Lightfoot said the incident remains under investigation.

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