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Deputies arrest 4 robbery suspects at L.A. Times printing plant

February 24, 2010 |  9:54 am

Four robbery suspects were arrested early Wednesday after fleeing into the main Los Angeles Times printing plant while being pursued by sheriff's deputies.

Sheriff's officials said the suspects, who were captured about 1 a.m. in the 2000 block of E. 8th Street, are suspected of committing two street robberies in East Los Angeles.

The four suspects and two unidentified women, who were questioned and later released, were spotted by deputies at 12:10 a.m. after the second robbery at Atlantic and Olympic boulevards. Deputies pursued them briefly, traversing the Santa Ana and San Bernardino freeways.

The suspects exited near Mateo Street before crashing into a fence at The Times' Olympic printing plant in the 1300 block of Lemon Street. The suspects fled on foot to the parking lot, into the building and through the packaging department as trucks were being loaded with the morning newspapers.

Times supervisors at the plant were asked by deputies to shut down and evacuate the building. After some negotiations, the presses continued to run. For a short time, no trucks were allowed to leave the property.

Deputies agreed to allow delivery trucks to leave the plant after being searched.

Eventually, three underage males and a 20-year-old man were arrested.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Suspects' vehicle after it crashed into a fence at The Times' Olympic printing plant.

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