2 in Custody, 1 Sought After Pursuit Ends in Downtown L.A.

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A short standoff took place Wednesday morning in downtown Los Angeles at the end of a pursuit of three people seen allegedly burglarizing a home in Hacienda Heights, police said.


A man came out of a store with his hands up after officers responded on April 2, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Dozens of officers with guns drawn gathered outside a store in the 1200 block of San Julian Street (map), aerial video showed.

After one man came out with his hands up and was taken into custody, officers went into the building just after 11 a.m.

Another person had also been taken into custody, and police were searching for a third person, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. John McMahon said.

No description of the third suspected burglar was available, McMahon said.

The confrontation came after Chino police officers were “following suspects wanted for questioning in regards to five residential burglaries” that took place in Chino on Monday, according to a Chino Police Department news release.

While a 2013 gray Nissan Altima linked to the burglars was under police surveillance Wednesday morning, three of its occupants allegedly burglarized a home in Hacienda Heights, according to the release. Officers tried to stop the sedan, but it fled, prompting a high-speed pursuit that ended at San Pedro Street and Pico Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles, where the three bailed from the car.

One man was immediately taken into custody, and a second surrendered after briefly hiding inside a business, the Chino release stated.

A short-lived perimeter was set up to search for the third person, according to McMahon.

It was not known if the person was male or female, a Chino spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden told KTLA.

It was also unknown if the two men arrested — identified as Marcus Nelson and Larry Laniel, both 22 and from Los Angeles — were among the three men wanted for the Chino burglaries on Monday, Van Der Linden said.

Detectives recovered two shotguns, an assault rifle, an M1 rifle and at least one handgun from the Nissan, according to the Chino release.

Nelson and Laniel were set to be booked at the West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of burglary, felony evading and for being felons in possession of firearms.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the Chino Police department at 909-628-1234.

An LAPD spokeswoman had initially said Los Angeles officers were helping Chino in relation to a stolen vehicle, and that only one person was taken into custody.

The owner of the San Pedro Street business into which one of the suspected burglars entered said the space had sustained damage to its ceiling and an office door.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang and Geoff Peters contributed to this article.