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Robbery suspect shot in West L.A., another arrested; two others remain at large

November 5, 2009 |  7:57 am
Police shot and wounded a robbery suspect at a West Los Angeles gas station early today, arrested a second suspect and are searching for two others, authorities said. 

Officers patrolling the area around West  Olympic Boulevard and South Bundy Drive around midnight noticed a 2008 white Toyota Sienna weaving in and out of parking lots in the area, said Lt. John Romero of the LAPD. It appeared that the van’s  occupants were “not doing any legitimate businesses at the storefronts, which drew the attention of the officers,” Romero said.

Officers lost the vehicle for some time before they spotted it at a Chevron station at about 12:50 a.m. They saw two people returning to the van, said Officer Rosario Herrera. One was holding a handgun.

Two other men emerged from the van and led the officers on a foot chase through the neighborhood, Herrera said. The man with the handgun turned toward the officers with the firearm, and police and the suspect exchanged gunfire, Herrera said. The suspect was shot in the upper leg and taken into custody.

Police continued searching for the other three suspects. Two and a half hours after the shooting occurred, a second suspect was taken into custody from a rooftop on the 1900 block of Armacost Street. Police are still searching for the other two suspects.

LAPD detectives are looking at whether the four suspects were involved in a string of robberies that have recently occurred in the area, Romero said.

-- My-Thuan Tran