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Pursuit Ends in Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today chased a kidnapping suspect from BoyleHeights to downtown Los Angeles, where the man jumped out of an SUV, ran through downtown streets and disappeared inside a building.

The pursuit began about 12:45 p.m. near Cesar Chavez Avenue in the BoyleHeights area, said Los Angeles police Officer Nuria Vanegas. 

The man, driving a burgundy Ford Expedition with Nebraska license plates and an empty child carrier in the back seat, led authorities to Broadway and Eighth Street, where he got out of the SUV and ran into a building shortly after 1 p.m.   

Police set up a perimeter in the area and closed down the surrounding streets, with helicopters circling overhead. The FBI was also reportedly involved in the investigation. 

A man, who asked that his name not be used, said he was working to set up for a concert tonight at the Orpheum Theater at 842 Broadway when he saw officers chasing a man in the alley.

“I saw him run down the alley and when I saw the helicopters, I knew something was going on,” he told Video News West. 

The man also said he saw the suspect run into the side door of the theater that leads into the lobby.  

“They (the police) just had everybody move out of the way,” he said.

Officers were stationed outside the theater armed with assault rifles, according to witnesses at the scene. 

Damien Bray, who was eating at the Yardhouse restaurant downtown, said he saw the suspect vehicle and watched law enforcement vehicles swarm the area.

 

“It was like right out of an action movie,” Bray said.

 

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