Suspected Car Thief Breaks Into Home After Pursuit Ends in DTLA, 4 Arrested - NBC Southern California

Suspected Car Thief Breaks Into Home After Pursuit Ends in DTLA, 4 Arrested

The chase began when officers tried to pull over a stolen Dodge Charger near downtown Los Angeles

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    Overnight Pursuit Ends With 4 Suspects in Custody

    Four men involved in a pursuit through downtown Los Angeles Tuesday were arrested after they bailed on foot and at least one of them tried to break into a home. Annette Arreola reports for NBC4 News at Noon Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015)

    Residents heard sirens echoing through the streets of downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday morning after a suspected car thief tried to break into a house at the end of a high-speed pursuit.

    Just after 2:30 a.m. a chase started when officers tried to pull over the driver of a Dodge Charger near 8th Street and the 110 Freeway with three passengers inside, a Los Angeles Police Department representative said.

    The driver refused to yield, and a pursuit ensued on the eastbound 10, 101 and 110 freeways, with speeds exceeding 120 mph at times.

    "It went to the 10... to Baldwin Park, then the driver came back this way," LAPD Officer Hamilton Alvarenga said.

    4 Arrested After High Speed Pursuit

    [LA] 4 Arrested After High Speed Pursuit
    A suspected car thief broke into a house as he tried to hide at the end of a high speed pursuit . Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. By Jeff Scharping
    (Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015)

    Blocks away from where it started, it was coming to an end, as the driver pulled into a parking structure and bailed out of the car.

    The driver and passengers fled on foot near Albany and 11th streets near downtown LA.

    A few terrifying moments followed for residents of the area as they watched the suspects try to hide in and around the neighborhood.

    "I said oh my god, he's trying to get through the window, we got low and hid in the closet," Emily Schneider said.

    Schneider saw one of the suspects climb over her neighbor's fence, climb a balcony and try to break into the home.

    Officers fired several rounds of bean bags, within moments, the man fell from the second floor of the home as he was trying to break in.

    All four suspects were taken into custody.

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