5 Pasadena Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested After Police Chase

Police arrested five suspects after they carried out an armed robbery at a Pasadena watch store Friday, lead police on a pursuit into Hollywood, abandoned their car and ran into a neighborhood, authorities said.

Police conduct a search for a group of robbery suspects who ran into a Hollywood neighborhood following a vehicle pursuit that began in Pasadena on Dec. 21, 2018.

Police conduct a search for a group of robbery suspects who ran into a Hollywood neighborhood following a vehicle pursuit that began in Pasadena on Dec. 21, 2018.

Police first responded to a report of a robbery just after 4 p.m. at a clock and watch store on Holly Street, just east of Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena Police Department Lt. Javier Aguilar said.

At least four men entered the store with at least one handgun, he said. They grabbed high-end watches before fleeing. An employee at the store suffered a minor injury, although it was not immediately clear how it was sustained.

A Pasadena police officer soon spotted a car matching the description of the suspect's vehicle on the 210 Freeway, according to Aguilar. The driver refused to pull over, initiating a pursuit.

The suspects led police on a winding path that ultimately led to the area of Melrose and Normandie avenues in Hollywood, where five men jumped out of the car and continued fleeing on foot.

Officers cordoned off a search perimeter and soon detained four of the suspects inside of it, Aguilar said.

The fifth and final suspect was found and arrested a short time later, Lt. Ma Dahlstein said.

Three of the suspects were apprehended with the help of police K-9s and suffered dog bite injuries in the process, Dahlstein said.

Police recovered a gun along the pursuit route that was believed to have been tossed out by the suspects, he added.

Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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