High-Speed Pursuit Ends With Break-in Attempt Near Downtown L.A.; Four in Custody

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A man was in custody following a high-speed chase that ended in the Pico-Union area near downtown L.A. on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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Four people were in custody after a wild police pursuit ended with a break-in attempt in the Pico-Union neighborhood early Tuesday, according to LAPD and witnesses.

The high-speed chase began shortly before 2:30 a.m. About 45 minutes later, it came to an end when the occupants fled the vehicle after it exited the 110 Freeway and stopped near Albany Street and Olympic Boulevard, a Los Angeles Police Department official at the scene said.

After bailing from the car, one male suspected in the pursuit tried to break into an apartment where three women were living, according to authorities.

Around the same time, a witness told KTLA that he heard someone trying to break into his residence.

"They were trying to break into my window, I heard running up and down the hallway," Warren Nelson said. "Somehow they got on to the balcony and were trying to get in the window right where my bed is."

He added that heard shots that he later found out were beanbags which police had fired in the area.

Officers told the residents that “there were four suspects, and that they apprehended them after a long chase over 50 miles, and somehow they wound up here at 4 in the morning," Nelson said.

He said was rattled by the incident, but was otherwise OK.

Police confirmed that four people were taken into custody in connection with the pursuit, though only two were believed to have been involved in the break-in attempts.

As of 4:30 a.m., authorities were looking for a fifth person in connection with the pursuit.

One person in the chase car was injured after jumping off a second-story balcony at the Pico-Union residence, police said. A second person was injured after being hit by at least one of the beanbags fired by officers.

None of the names of the people in custody have been released.

According to the police official, law enforcement had been pursuing a stolen vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol assisted LAPD with the chase.

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