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Police identify suspects in wild car chase through Burbank, Glendale

February 2, 2010 |  2:21 pm

Burbank police on Tuesday released the identities of three suspects accused of leading them on a wild chase that ended with one of them fleeing on foot into a Glendale mall garage.

The suspects -- identified as Christina Tristan, 22, of Burbank; Joseph Hernandez, 18, of Burbank; and Alexander Moya, 19, of Los Angeles -- were booked on suspicion of robbery and felony for evading arrest.

They are scheduled to appear for arraignment Wednesday in Burbank Superior Court and are being held on $50,000 to $150,000 bail.

The trio are accused of robbing the Glen-Mar liquor store in the 2000 block of Glenoaks Avenue in Burbank shortly before 11 a.m. Monday and leading police on a chase on residential streets and freeways that ended when the brown Toyota Corolla driven by Tristan slammed into a parked car.

Tristan and Hernandez were immediately arrested at the scene, according to Burbank police Sgt. Robert Quesada.

It was Moya, armed with a handgun, who eluded the tackle of one officer and then slid across the hood of a patrol vehicle to get away from another officer, Quesada said. He then sprinted down the street, pulling away from pursuing officers. He ran into the Americana at Brand mall and hid in a parking garage for about two hours before he was apprehended by police.

Quesada said the suspects might be connected to a series of robberies in the city over a two-week period. 

-- Andrew Blankstein


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