LAPD Detains Double Homicide Suspect in Brentwood After Chase Through San Fernando Valley

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Los Angeles police officers detained a double homicide suspect and driver of a pursuit vehicle outside a Brentwood grocery store after chasing the truck they were in through the San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica and West Los Angeles on Wednesday, authorities said.

Sometime earlier in the day, fugitive detectives had located 39-year-old Gregorio Garcia with the intent to arrest him on a warrant related to a double homicide that occurred in February in LAPD's Rampart Division, which covers Silver Lake, Echo Park, Pico-Union and Westlake, Capt. Paul Vernon said.

Officials could not provide many further details on the murder case, but said the incident was narcotics-related.

But as the detectives were attempting to make the arrest, Garcia jumped into a truck being driven by another man, and the vehicle fled, Vernon said.

Sky5 was overhead the chase around 5:10 p.m. as the green pickup was traveling east on the 101 Freeway in the Tarzana area.

Garcia sat in the passenger seat with the alleged getaway driver behind the wheel. Various items were also seen in the truck's bed.

The truck exited the freeway at Balboa Boulevard and began heading north.

At various points on surface streets, the pickup would become stuck in traffic with LAPD cruisers close behind — though their sirens didn't appear to be engaged.

The truck then got back onto the southbound 101 Freeway before merging onto the southbound 405 Freeway.

The vehicle did not appear to be traveling at excessive speeds as it headed toward West Los Angeles.

Sky5 lost track of the pursuit as the helicopter had to divert around some fog, but caught up with the chase in Santa Monica as the truck was exiting the westbound 10 Freeway onto Fifth Street.

The pickup then traveled through the downtown area and got onto Ocean Avenue before winding down to Pico Boulevard and heading east.

The driver then went up to Olympic Boulevard via 20th Street, proceeding to slowly wind through the Sawtelle neighborhood.

As traffic built up, the truck drove onto the wrong side the road to avoid becoming stuck at stoplights.

After driving back through Santa Monica, the pickup eventually wound up pulling into the parking lot of a Ralphs on the 12000 block of Wilshire Boulevard in Brentwood.

The driver quickly exited the vehicle and got onto the ground, while Garcia exited more slowly but also surrendered.

Both men were handcuffed and loaded into the back of police vehicles.

"You know, it felt like the Trader Joe's thing," bystander Shawn Shayan said, referring to the July incident in which a shooting suspect crashed fled into the grocer's location in Silver Lake and took hostages. An assistant store manager was killed by LAPD gunfire amid the police response.

"The guy drives through and he drove right to the doors of Ralphs," Shayan said. "Thank God the same thing didn't happen as what happened at Trader Joe's."

Vernon commented that considering the length of the pursuit, officials were "just happy it ended the way it did," Vernon said.

No weapons had been recovered from inside the suspect vehicle, the captain added.

LAPD Officer Tony Im later identified the suspect as Garcia.

Police were not releasing the name of the driver, who detectives were interviewing for evading authorities. The man's relationship to Garcia was unclear.

KTLA's Matt Phillips contributed to this report.

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