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End of pursuit sends shoppers fleeing in Little Tokyo intersection

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Investigators are still looking for the two people they say fled after an attempted traffic stop and then crashed their car into another one in a Little Tokyo intersection on Saturday, sending shoppers fleeing.

Surveillance video from Sushi Gala shows the chaotic scene in Japanese Village Plaza Mall on Sunday as dozens of people started running after a police pursuit ended just feet away.

“It was easily like 50 to 100 people running by,” said Floyd Cashio who works at the restaurant. “I was right about to go outside. I saw everybody rush past the window and I heard somebody shout “lock the doors” so I ran to the other side of the restaurant and locked the second door.”

As customers huddled inside, LA County Sheriff’s Department said a White Mercedes had crashed into a Volkswagen Beetle in the intersection of Central and 1st Street.

Anton Gunn was in line with his family at another restaurant.

“We all started running, people jumped over the counter, we ran into the back of the store and we went out of the back of the store into the parking garage,” Gunn said. 

Investigators say it all started around 5:30pm when Deputies with the Century Station – attempted a traffic stop on the White Mercedes, wanted for a felony in Gardena.


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Deputies say the pursuit driver and passengers crashed into a Sheriff’s Department vehicle and then attempted to car jack another vehicle around 51st and Avalon.

One person was detained while two others got back into the Mercedes and headed towards Little Tokyo.

After the crash, investigators say the people hopped out of the car and took off running.

The Mercedes then rolled into a parked car.

Sheriff's Deputies along with LAPD went from car to car in the area, checking trunks and backseats for the two people.

“I'm beside myself that they might have been in the garage with us,” Gunn said. 

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