Assault Suspects Not Located in Broadway-Manchester Area Smoke Shop After 7-Hour Standoff

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A seven-hour long standoff at a Broadway-Manchester neighborhood smoke shop came to an end Monday morning with authorities still searching for five to seven allegedly armed assault suspects.

The incident began about 11 p.m. Sunday when two people attempting to repossess a vehicle were assaulted and threatened by a large group of who then apparently barricaded themselves inside the AG7 Smoke Shop in the 9700 block of South Main Street.

“We know of at least two suspects that our victims have identified, however our victims did say that there were multiple individuals invovled in this crime,” Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Emada Tingrides said.

The victims estimated between five and seven people were involved in the assault.

A SWAT team was called to the scene to try and coax the individuals out of the smoke shop, but after about seven hours officials no longer believed the suspects were inside.

"At this time we have no idea where they fled to or at which time they did flee," Tingrides said.

The suspects were all believed to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department.

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