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Carjack in L.A. County - Standoff, Possible Hostage Situation in Downey, CA Restaurant *RESOLVED*

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member



    DOWNEY, Calif. (KABC) --
    An armed suspect carjacked a vehicle and led authorities on a high-speed chase from Pico Rivera to Downey Thursday night before barricading himself inside a BBQ restaurant.

    Armed chase suspect barricaded inside BBQ restaurant in Downey - WATCH LIVE

    California Highway Patrol officials tracked the suspect down using a LoJack system near Whittier and Paramount boulevards in Pico Rivera shortly before 7 p.m.

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    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Standoff, Possible Hostage Situation Underway in Downey After Armed Pursuit Suspect Runs Into Crowded Restaurant

    A standoff and possible hostage situation was underway Thursday evening in Downey after an armed stolen car suspect ran into a crowded restaurant following a high-speed pursuit that ended with a PIT maneuver.

    The pursuit began around 6:30 p.m. after the CHP received a LoJack hit on a stolen car in Whittier, according to the according to the California Highway Patrol.

    During the chase, the stolen gray sedan could be seen traveling at a high rate of speed on surface streets in the San Gabriel Valley, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    I'm not sure but I'm willing to bet that Chris n Pitts was most likely very busy. We've got a humid yukky heat wave going on here and I'm sure many peeps don't wanna' cook.

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    1. [​IMG]ABC7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC7 13m13 minutes ago
      #CHASE: Several people escorted out of restaurant in handcuffs http://abc7.com/live

    2. [​IMG]ABC7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC7 15m15 minutes ago
      #CHASE: SWAT team has entered Chris & Pitts BBQ WATCH #LIVE http://abc7.com/live

      View details27 retweets12 favorites

    3. C7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC7 30m30 minutes ago
      #CHASE: Between 70-80 people, including children, were safely evacuated from the restaurant, LASD says http://abc7.la/1LneEpz

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    4. 8:25 PM - 10 Sep 2015 · Details
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      ABC7 Eyewitness News retweeted
      [​IMG]Jory Rand ‏@ABC7Jory 46m46 minutes ago
      LIVE on #Periscope: Standoff in restaurant with armed carjacker after high speed pursuit https://www.periscope.tv/w/aMJBRjkxMTU5N3wxT3d4V2p6YVd3QUpR-jQrZ5SM6qsmkPNtQrIpO6i2PJPTVhS931gxgo5lOe8=…

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    5. [​IMG]ABC7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC7 53m53 minutes ago
      FULL STORY: Suspect leads authorities on wild #chase from Pico Rivera to Downey, barricades self inside restaurant http://abc7.la/1LneEpz

      View details33 retweets26 favorites

      1. [​IMG]ABC7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC7 59m59 minutes ago
        Armed suspect who led police on dangerous chase runs inside Chris & Pitts in Downey http://abc7.la/1JZ6VxV https://amp.twimg.com/v/b9375b73-fb43-4c87-95e3-3d7039f432f2…

        7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC7 60m60 minutes ago
    6. #CHASE: Armed suspect believed to be in kitchen area of Chris & Pitts BBQ in 9200 block of Lakewood Blvd in Downey http://abc7.com/live

      View details50 retweets17 favorites

    7. [​IMG]ABC7 Eyewitness News ‏@ABC7 1h1 hour ago
      #CHASE: At least one person believed to be held hostage http://abc7.com/live
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  10. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    oh Wow! I've seen LOTS of car chases in LA and they very rarely end up with the suspect dead. This guy was crazy desperate.

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    I saw the last of the chase on playback but have not seen the mass exit of patrons from the restaurant. The news does not appear to be news outside the local tv stations.... have we begun to think ho-hum, police chase in LA?

    Thankfully, it appears no one was seriously injured. Can you imagine having dinner with your family when a crazed guy with a gun runs in.
    Excellent police preparation & execution of the plan.

    Thanks for the thread @fran. When the non-night owls awaken, they will be happy to find this.... (lightweights, aren't they?)
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    noZme Bronze Member

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  13. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    This was nuts..... that's all i have to say!
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    @fran I agree. but maybe for different reasons. First thoughts ~ on the video he seems like an alright guy, concerned father. He doesn't look or sound like someone who had just committed several felonies. His erratic behavior had police thinking he was crazed on drugs or a psychotic event. My heart breaks for his children & he mentions there are more. Knowing that in the past hour he had stolen 2 cars, evaded police, endangered other motorist & pedestrians fleeing police (I watched several near misses), fired a weapon & was at the time of the filming, holding hostages in the restaurant, I simply cannot cut him any slack. I do not know the offenses he was jailed for, but he readily admits & somewhat apologises for not having been much of a presence & certainly not a positive influence, & for having dragged their mother into his criminal activity. The phone is ringing off the hook & watching it unfold on live tv, cops said he refused to answer all attempts of contact. At any time, he could have thrown down his guns, spread out on the ground & surrendered to authorities. He did not have to die. His legacy to the kids did not have to be of a thug dad shot by cops.

    Authorities had no reason to believe he would sip his Diet Pepsi, chit-chat with hostages, then catch a bus & head on home. Innocent lives were at risk, they had to act. If they had delayed & the bad guy injured or killed hostages, what would have been the reaction? On one side you have a felon, committing more felonies while evading police & on the other side there are people working in a restaurant & people having dinner with their families & friends ~ no sympathy from here.
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