Suspect in LAPD Pursuit in North Hollywood Arrested on Suspicion of Carjacking After He Surrenders

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A man led officers on a chase through the North Hollywood area Monday night — before finally surrendering after allegedly carjacking someone and taking off in their vehicle.

The suspect — identified by Los Angeles Police Department officials as 20-year-old Steven Panduro — was seen in Sky5 video swerving in and out lanes, running multiple red lights and nearly hitting other vehicles throughout the chase, which started in Sun Valley and ended in North Hollywood. It also extended into the Burbank area at some point.

The suspect in a police pursuit in North Hollywood on Oct. 1, 2018, is seen surrendering to LAPD. (Credit: KTLA)
The suspect in a police pursuit in North Hollywood on Oct. 1, 2018, is seen surrendering to LAPD. (Credit: KTLA)

The night of the chase, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez described the driver as a possible murder suspect. However, that information was not further confirmed by officials the following day.

The chase began near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street in Sun Valley at 7:20 p.m., Lopez said.

When it was all over, police Panduro was arrested on suspicion of carjacking after he jumped into another person's vehicle and took off in the last seconds of the chase.

Two other passengers were also in the vehicle and one of them, 21-year-old Rudy Madrid, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, according to LAPD Officer Greg Kraft. He said a K-9 unit found and bit him after he ran out of the car and hit.

Meanwhile, the other passenger was a woman whose identity is not being released by police. Kraft said she was questioned and released.

The chase went on for just over 40 minutes. About 8:02 p.m., the suspect jumped out of the vehicle when it was seen hitting a dead end after driving along Laurel Canyon Boulevard and turning onto Hart Street.

Dressed in all black, the suspect could be seen walking into what appeared to be a parking lot filled with vehicles just two minutes after jumping out of the vehicle.

Still going through the lot, the suspect started to run toward a silver SUV on the side of the road with its rear lights on and then tried opening the SUV's driver side door. Once the door swung open, the SUV's driver jumped out and started running away as the suspect ran around to the passenger side.

The pursuit suspect then got into the SUV, getting into the driver seat as the SUV took off with the passenger door still swung wide open at 8:05 p.m.

Just 10 seconds later, the SUV was seen almost leaving the parking lot before police patrol cars surrounded it at the exit point. The SUV slammed head-on into a patrol vehicle and officers jumped out of their vehicles. Four patrol vehicles were seen in Sky5 video of the scene.

That's when the chase was finally brought to an end as the suspect appeared to surrender moments later. The suspect was seen lying face down on the ground and surrounded by officers before being taken into custody.

The suspect in a chase in North Hollywood on Oct. 1, 2018, appears to carjack someone just moments before the pursuit came to an end. (Credit: KTLA)
The suspect in a chase in North Hollywood on Oct. 1, 2018, appears to carjack someone just moments before the pursuit came to an end. (Credit: KTLA)

Earlier in the chase, the suspect vehicle — which appeared to be a silver sedan — ran a red light about 7:35 p.m. before making its way back onto Burbank Boulevard and driving through surface streets near shopping malls.

The car ran through another red light moments later as it traveled alongside a residential area near the 5 Freeway.

Just before 7:40 p.m., the car could be seen going in and out of lanes before nearly hitting another vehicle as it raced through an intersection one minute later.

At 7:44 p.m., police patrol cars could be seen getting closer to the vehicle as it drove through a residential neighborhood.

In the minutes after, the car was driving along Lankershim Boulevard back toward Oxnard Street — an area of North Hollywood it drove around multiple times as patrol cars followed.

Minutes later, at 7:49 p.m., other patrol cars were seen blocking intersections that the vehicle passed as police cars continued to closely trail behind it.

The vehicle was clearly seen driving through the wrong side of the road at 7:50 p.m, turning through an intersection before slamming into trash cans on the side of the road two minutes later as the chase continued.

Minutes later, the car nearly hit another vehicle head-on as it made its way toward an intersection, again driving on the wrong side of the street. At 7:57 p.m., it nearly hit another vehicle as it made a turn from an intersection.

A minute later, a passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran away as it came to a stop in the North Hollywood area. But the car kept going.

Soon after, the driver also jumped out and started running from the car at 8:02 p.m. before appearing to carjack someone in an SUV minutes later and continuing to evade officers for just seconds longer.

Finally, at 8:05 p.m., the suspect appeared to surrender to LAPD officers surrounding the SUV as it attempted to leave a parking lot.

No details have been formally released by police.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra and Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.

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