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Woman who stole police car during standoff sought

February 1, 2012 |  7:49 am

 Los Angeles police searched Wednesday for a woman who took off with 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 reported.

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 by Wednesday morning, the woman still hadn't been found.

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-- Rick Rojas

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