Suspected Armed Robber Taken Into Custody After Standoff at San Pedro Grocery Store

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SWAT officers responded to a San Pedro search for a robber on Nov. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

After an hourslong standoff with SWAT officers at a downtown San Pedro supermarket, a man suspected of multiple armed robberies was taken into custody Friday afternoon.

Officers were searching for an individual who was wanted in recent armed robberies, when another robbery occurred Friday morning, LAPD Officer Paul Ulmer said on scene.

Detectives chased the robber, who fled on a bike and then ran into the Numero Uno Market at 500 S. Pacific Ave., Ulmer said.

Police were called to the area about 9:30 a.m., according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

After police got on the store’s public address system, the grocery was safely evacuated, with employees and customers leaving the building.

LAPD officers respond to a standoff with a robbery suspect in San Pedro on Nov. 14, 2014. (Credit: Liberte Chan/KTLA)

LAPD officers respond to a standoff with a robbery suspect in San Pedro on Nov. 14, 2014. (Credit: Liberte Chan/KTLA)

An employee said about 22 workers and 15 customers, including children, had been inside the store.

The man at one point got into the roof of the building, but went back inside and refused to come out, Ulmer said. He was eventually taken into custody without the use of force by about 2:30 p.m.

Multiple black armored vehicles responded, and several streets were blocked off with yellow caution tape.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.