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91 Freeway reopens amid search for robbery suspects [Updated]

July 23, 2010 |  4:06 pm

The eastbound 91 Freeway in Artesia was closed for more than an hour Friday afternoon as Los Angeles County sheriffs deputies searched for several suspected armed robbers who held up a jewelry store and fled onto the freeway on foot after being boxed in by deputies after their getaway car collided with a sheriff's cruiser.

[Updated at 4:30 p.m.: The 91 Freeway reopened at 4 p.m.]

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said the incident unfolded about 2:30 p.m. when three men and a woman participated in the robbery of an Artesia jewelery store on Pioneer Boulevard at 187th Street and then fled in at least one and possibly two vehicles.

Soon after, deputies began chasing the getaway car, which wound up on Palm Street, a cul-de-sac in Artesia, where the suspects fled on foot onto the nearby freeway.

Parker said details were still sketchy, but at one point during the pursuit, the getaway car rammed a pursuing deputy's patrol car.  

Deputies closed both sides of the 91 Freeway between Norwalk Boulevard and the 605 Freeway, but later reopened the westbound lanes.

Parker said one unidentified male suspect was in custody.

Deputies from half a dozen area sheriff's stations, as well as canine and helicopter units, were searching for the other suspects.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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