LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Five suspects arrested in connection with a robbery and hostage standoff at Nordstrom Rack are due in court on Monday.
Raymond Sherman Jr., 34, is charged with 19 counts, including rape, kidnapping for rape, assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree robbery.
He has already pleaded not guilty and returns to court for a pretrial hearing.
Four other defendants, including two women charged as being accessories, are also expected to appear in court.
Troy Marsay Hammock, 29, and Everett Oneal Allen, 24, face 14 counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, identified as a knife.
Rochelle Monique Sherman, 33, and Paula Roneshia Bradley, 29, are charged with one count each of accessory after the fact.
The incident began around 11 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, near the 405 Freeway.
Sherman, Hammock and Allen allegedly confronted the employees as they were leaving the store, which had just closed.
As the incident was unfolding, one of the employees called her husband and told him to call 911.
The LAPD called a tactical alert and closed off the area around the shopping center.
SWAT officers surrounded the store. They finally made entry around 3:30 a.m. and freed 14 hostages.
At least three of the employees were injured, including at least one woman who was sexually assaulted, allegedly by Sherman Jr.
Another woman was stabbed in the neck and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and a third employee was pistol-whipped.
Law enforcement familiar with the investigation said there is strong evidence linking the crimes to those charged, including physical evidence and security video.