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.”