Pursuit Ends in Bloomington After Kidnapping, Carjacking in Boyle Heights, Police Say

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A 24-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday morning after allegedly robbing, carjacking and kidnapping a woman in Boyle Heights and leading police on a pursuit that ended about 50 miles away in Bloomington, authorities said.

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Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights after a woman was allegedly robbed, carjacked and kidnapped on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was rescued without incident after a lengthy pursuit, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

The suspect, identified Thursday afternoon as Ivan Zamora, was being held on suspicion of kidnapping for robbery, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Michael Morrisseau said.

The incident began about 1 a.m. when a man armed with a semi-automatic weapon approached a man and woman at Hollenbeck Park, LAPD Capt. Gary Lopez said at a news conference.

After robbing the couple of personal property, the suspect forced them to drive him around the neighborhood in their yellow Volkswagen Beetle, Lopez said.

They stopped at a nearby 7-Eleven, near East Fourth and North Cummings streets, where the gunman forced the woman to call a second couple, who were also robbed when they arrived, police said.

Ivan Zamora was arrested in Bloomington after an alleged robbery, kidnapping and pursuit on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Ivan Zamora was arrested in Bloomington after an alleged robbery, kidnapping and pursuit on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The suspect remained in the car and ordered one of the female victims to drive away, leaving the other three victims at the convenience store, according to Lopez. The driver later called and said her kidnapper was demanding money for her release.

Police responded after the kidnapped woman's boyfriend and friends walked about four blocks to the LAPD's Hollenbeck station and reported the incident.

Officers spotted the Beetle and a lengthy pursuit ensued, moving onto the eastbound 10 Freeway before ending at the Cedar Avenue off-ramp in unincorporated San Bernardino County.

News video showed the man being taken into custody at gunpoint. The uninjured woman was rescued without incident and was evaluated by medical personnel, authorities said, adding that she and the suspect did not know each other.

Detectives were interviewing the victims and suspect as part of an ongoing investigation, attempting to determine if any other crime occurred or if there were additional victims, officials said.

Before Zamora was identified, police had said the suspect was 25.

KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.