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Nordstrom Rack Robbery and Standoff

nordstromGunman attempting a takeover robbery at the Nordstrom Rack in Westchester held more than a dozen people hostage before escaping from authorities.

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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.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Five people were charged Tuesday in connection with the take-over robbery at a Nordstrom Rack department store in Westchester involving 14 hostages.

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, were charged with one count each of accessory after the fact.

All 4 pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Raymond Sherman Jr., 34, considered the ringleader  and most violent in the group, was charged with two counts of forcible rape, one count of oral copulation, one count of kidnapping for rape, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and 14 counts of second-degree robbery.

Sherman Jr. was arrested in Phoenix on Saturday and is still awaiting extradition.

He is believed to have sexually assaulted a Nordstrom Rack employee — one of the 14 hostages taken — according to multiple law enforcement sources.

Sources said police had strong evidence linking the suspects to the crime, including physical evidence and security camera video.

Police also say one of those arrested was a former employee at the store.

The incident began around 11 p.m. Thursday at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, after the store had closed for the night.

One of the employees called her husband, instructing him to call 911.

The LAPD called a tactical alert and closed off the area around the shopping center.

LAPD SWAT officers surrounded the store, finally making entry around 3:30 a.m. and freeing the hostages, all employees.

At least three of the employees were injured, including one woman who was sexually assaulted.

Another woman was stabbed in the neck, and a third employee was pistol-whipped, police said.

It was not immediately clear if the robbers hid inside the store or if they gained entrance after it closed.

Police also would not say how long they remained in the store before fleeing or how much cash was taken in the robbery.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Five people have been arrested in connection with the robbery and hostage situation at the Westchester Nordstrom Rack, police said Monday.

Three men and two women are being held in the incident which began about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, near the 405 Freeway.

The LAPD called a tactical alert and closed off the area around the shopping center, where 13 women and one man were being held hostage, while SWAT officers arrived on scene.

The suspects fled early Friday morning, and officers entered the store about 3:30 a.m., freeing the 14 hostages.

It was not clear how long the suspects were in the store before fleeing.

One of the suspects, Raymond Sherman Jr., 34, made it all the way to Phoenix before he was arrested Saturday, according to police.

“Four of the suspects are currently in custody in Los Angeles, while a fifth suspect is in custody in Maricopa County,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference Monday.

The suspects were identified as Sherman Jr., Troy Marsay Hammock, 33, Everett Oneil Allen, 24, Rochelle Monique Sherman, 33 and Paula Roneshia Bradley, 29.

Hammock, Allen and Sherman Jr. are being held on robbery charges. Bradley and Rochelle Sherman are being held for accessory.

Three people were hurt during the ordeal, including a woman who was dragged to a separate room, where she was sexually assaulted.

A second woman was stabbed in the neck, and a third hostage was pistol-whipped.

It was unclear whether the robbers hid in the store or gained entrance after it closed.

Chief Beck commended the hostages on how they handled the situation.

“Nordstrom should be very proud of these individuals,” he said. “The detectives have universally commented on how composed they were and how brave. They were truly, truly heroes in this.”

WESTCHESTER (KTLA) – The Nordstrom Rack store at a Westchester shopping mall where two men took 14 employees hostage will likely be closed through the weekend.

Two armed men held the hostages starting at 11 p.m. Thursday.

The suspects fled early Friday morning, and police entered the store about 2 a.m., freeing the 14 employees.

Investigators want to comb every inch of the store to search for clues that will lead them to the two suspects.

Three people were hurt during the ordeal.

Police say one female hostage was dragged to a separate room, where she was sexually assaulted.  A second woman was stabbed in the neck, and a third hostage was pistol-whipped.

Police say the suspects also forced some of the hostages to strip.

Officers arriving at the hostage scene saw one of the suspects leaving the store, but the suspects managed to elude law enforcement and escape.

Police later tracked down a vehicle in Culver City that may have been used as the getaway car.

Dramatic audio recordings released in Nordstrom Rack hostage drama.  Carolyn Costello has the latest on the investigation and the search for the suspects.

Police are searching for two armed robbers after an scary hostage situation at a Nordstrom Rack in Westchester.

Police are searching for two armed robbers after an scary hostage situation at a Nordstrom Rack in Westchester. Lynette Romero reports.

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