Skip to comments.Robbers assault 2 hostages at Los Angeles store
Posted on 01/11/2013 4:15:10 PM PST by crosshairs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Employees were closing up at a mall department store and preparing to go home when two gunmen stormed inside and took them hostage. The thugs stabbed one of the 14 Nordstrom Rack employees and sexually assaulted another before SWAT officers freed everyone early Friday, more than three hours after the ordeal began.
It was unclear whether the gunmen stole anything before fleeing the store located near Los Angeles International Airport. Both remained at large. The harrowing incident began about 11 p.m. Thursday, when a man reported his girlfriend had called to say gunmen were in the store, Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman said. "She told him, `Call 911. Two guys with guns just came into our store,'" Neiman said. Police officers and special weapons team members swarmed the outdoor shopping center that also has restaurants and a theater.
The officers saw a man leave the second-floor store, but he ran back in, Neiman said. Moments later, another man came out with a woman, but when he saw the police he grabbed her and pushed her back inside, Neiman said. SWAT members surrounded the location but weren't able to talk to anyone inside. They later rushed in. Officers found most of the hostages locked in a storage room and two others in a bathroom, police said.
The employee who was stabbed was treated and released at the scene, police said. Police were checking to see if surveillance cameras captured the suspects on video. Investigators also were interviewing the 13 women and a man who were held hostage to determine the chain of events. Tara Darrow, a Nordstrom's spokeswoman, said counseling services will be provided to employees.
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You took the cynicism right out of my mouth. They might have been at-risk youth despondent with the unfairness so obviously displayed at the retail level.
The suspects were obviously Amish/sarc
The media refuses to say the suspects were black, surprise surprise.
They were there for three hours with the store surrounded , and they just walked out and left?
Exactly. The Channel 5 News, here in LA, kept repeating ‘they had a gun!!’ then quickly mentioned one of the hostages had been stabbed... ‘but they had a gun!’
KTLA hasn’t had any credibility since Lu Parker admitted to screwing the Mayor..But But..how can this be possible, we have GUN CONTROL in this state..GUN CONTROL..the criminals voluntarily give up their weapons everyday..but hey, this was all blown out of proportion, these were Obama’s sons just evoking some Social Justice
The thugs stabbed one of the 14 Nordstrom Rack employees and sexually assaulted another...
They described them as best they could...
....in Left Coast journo-speak... jmho....
My thoughts went to 14 people assaulted, held against their will with one stabbed and one sexual crime...
...And NO ONE had CCW....
It took the local LEO'S (God bless 'em)....
With all their procedures and strict protocol THREE HOURS to solve the puzzle....
...And they missed the perps completely....
We don't need no steeenkin' 2nd Amendment...
END = [SARCASM]
OK, that was worth a Google search...
Maybe they disguised themselves as janitors and just walked out past the SWAT team. Knowing the police they were probably afraid to stop them for fear of being fired for “profiling”.
When seconds count, the po-po are only 3 hours away.
Some vicious blacks were stabbing and raping people, they knew where, and it took them three hours?
The cowards waited until they were done?
If they saw a dog it would have went down differently.
Wasn’t a SWAT team called? Wierd
It’s California... it’s Los Angeles... it’s getting harder and harder to care anymore...
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“Honor students” most likely..
How do you surround a building and the perps get away? Maybe they disguised themselves as a box of doughnuts and they’re melting frosting on the backseat of a squad car.
Remember, these are the fearsome 80 IQ Rambos that some on FR believe will disarm 100 million Americans.
Surrender your guns, peon.
How about I give you a jelly doughnut instead?