Shoplifting Suspect at Large After Ramming Into Patrol Cars During Caught-on-Video Chase: Glendale Police

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A suspected shoplifter remained on the loose Tuesday after ramming into patrol cars while being pursued by Glendale police.

Authorities responded to a report of a shoplifting incident at the Von's store near Foothill Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue at around 10 a.m., according to the Glendale Police Department.

The suspect got into a Ford Mustang and drove away from the scene, Sgt. Daniel Suttles said.

Video recorded by a bystander shows officers in patrol vehicles trying to box in the Mustang on Foothill Boulevard between Boston and Lowell avenues.

At some point, the suspect was apparently rammed by two police cars, the video shows.

Shawn White, who works at an insurance agency in the area, said he was with a client when he heard police sirens coupled with car collisions, and went to see what was happening.

"I saw a white Mustang, and the police were trying to box it in," White said. "Then they got it boxed in, and they drew their weapons and came out, and the guy wouldn't stop. He just kept spinning tires, turning the steering wheel, trying to get free."

Though the Mustang stalled and began smoking after that, it could still be seen speeding away down Foothill Boulevard.

"I'm shocked because they had him boxed in," White said. "He was going nowhere, and I thought for sure they were going to start firing on him."

The suspect later ditched the damaged Mustang in a parking lot about a mile down the road after it became immobile then fled on foot, authorities said.

The search prompted a lockdown at Chamlian Armenian School on Lowell Avenue, Glendale police tweeted at 11:45 a.m.

The agency also urged residents to keep their doors locked and call 911 if they see a male individual, believed to be unarmed, in a blue flannel shirt and black pants with the right pant leg ripped or missing.

In a 2:35 p.m. tweet, Glendale city officials announced the lockdown had been lifted and that the suspect had broken the perimeter.

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