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Woman steals LAPD car during SWAT standoff in Pacoima

January 31, 2012 | 11:14 pm

LAPD officers near car that was stolen earlier Tuesday.

Los Angeles police Tuesday night were looking for a woman who took off in a patrol car during a standoff in Pacoima.

The woman, believed to be about 20 years old, jumped into the black-and-white squad car near the perimeter of the standoff near Vena Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported. The incident occurred about 7:15 p.m.

Officers had walked away from the car during the standoff. A man kept police at bay for several hours before being flushed out of a nearby home with tear gas fired by Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers.

The man was later arrested on suspicion of assault, the LAPD said. Police recovered the stolen squad car but were searching late Tuesday for the woman.

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Photo: LAPD officers inspect the patrol car that was stolen. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5
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