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Glendale's Americana development locked down as police hunt Burbank robbery suspect

February 1, 2010 | 12:52 pm

An elusive armed-robbery suspect who displayed moves that would have been the envy of some running backs has headed into Glendale's Americana at Brand, where police have evacuated shoppers and sealed off the area.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was one of three suspects who allegedly robbed a liquor store in the 2000 block of Glenoaks Avenue in Burbank shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.

Burbank police picked up the pursuit a short time later and followed their car into neighboring Glendale. The suspects' car crashed near the Americana at Brand shopping and residential development, and two suspects were apprehended at the scene.

But the third got away, at least temporarily, with some fancy footwork.

The suspect, who police said was armed with a handgun, eluded the tackle of one officer and then slid  across the hood of a patrol vehicle to get away from another. He then sprinted down the street, pulling away from a pursuing officers.

Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said his department is providing tactical support, including a SWAT team and police dogs, for Burbank, which is the lead agency. Police have set up a perimeter around the mall, where the suspect is believed to be on the premises

-- Andrew Blankstein

Video credit: KTLA