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LAPD rescues hostage and arrests suspects [UPDATED]

August 3, 2009 |  7:56 pm

[Updated 8:54 p.m. Three suspects were taken into custody and a hostage was rescued in Riverside County Monday as part of an investigation that began four days ago after a kidnapping in the Van Nuys area, authorities said.

SWAT officers and robbery-homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the suspects Monday afternoon, said Officer Karen Rayner, a spokeswoman for the LAPD.

The officers, aided by Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies, descended on a home in an  unincorporated area of the county where the suspects had been holding the man hostage, Rayner said.

Officers found a large amount of narcotics inside the residence in the 6900 block of Delaware River Road, Raynor said. The incident began July 29 after the hostage was abducted in the LAPD's Van Nuys Division.

Police said earlier that SWAT officers were involved in a chase on local freeways, but Rayner said that was a caravan of police cruisers responding to the residence.

The hostage apparently suffered injuries when he was abducted and was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, Raynor said.]

The names of the suspects and the hostage were not released.

Los Angeles police have rescued a hostage and arrested at least one suspect in an incident that began  earlier today in the San Fernando Valley and ended  this evening in San Bernardino County, authorities said.

SWAT officers chased the suspect on local freeways to Mira Loma, where officers made the rescue and the arrest some time after 7 p.m., said Officer Karen Rayner, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

"We just rescued someone and took at least one suspect into custody," Rayner said.

Police had earlier asked the media not report on the incident, saying it was a "life-and-death" situation.

The names of the suspect and the person taken hostage were not released, Rayner said, adding that more details would provided at a briefing later this evening.

--Robert Lopez