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Burglary suspect leads deputies on foot chase through yards, into house in Lancaster

January 26, 2011 |  6:00 pm

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies pursued a burglary suspect through more than a dozen Lancaster yards, ending with a standoff after the man locked himself inside a stranger’s bedroom, authorities said Wednesday.

Deputies spotted two men Tuesday in a vehicle matching one reportedly seen at a residential burglary earlier in the day. When they tried to stop the men, the driver got out and ran, officials said. He hopped more than a dozen fences before forcing his way through the back door of a home in the 1200 block of East Donatello Street, Capt. Mike Parker said.

Deputies heard screaming inside the home. As they entered, a woman and her three teenage daughters ran out.

The man, who sheriff's officials identified as Bobby Smith-Harper, 20, had locked himself inside one of the bedrooms and was trying to break a hole through one of the walls to escape, Parker said. As a helicopter landed nearby carrying the sheriff’s department's SWAT team, the man finally surrendered, Parker said.

A second suspect, Glen Gaines, also 20, was arrested without incident.


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