Friday, January 11, 2013

Some hostages assaulted during Nordstrom Rack robbery in Los Angeles


LAPD officers escort people from a Nordstrom Rack following in Los Angeles. NBC Los Angeles/Southern California
Police say some of the 14 workers held hostage overnight during a robbery at a Los Angeles clothing store were assaulted, and one was stabbed.
Police Lt. Andy Neiman says the stabbed worker was treated for a non-life threatening wound.
He says another worker was sexually assaulted and others were manhandled during the four-hour standoff at a Nordstrom Rack store near LAX.
At least two robbers are being sought.
The ordeal began around 11 p.m. Thursday and ended around 3 a.m. Friday when a SWAT team entered the store but found no robbers. The stores were closed at the time, but moviegoers at a theater in the complex were sheltered in place as a precaution
Police are also trying to determine whether a car found in neighboring Culver City was the getaway vehicle. The employees — 13 women and a man — were being questioned.
The southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway, leading to Los Angeles International Airport, were temporarily shutdown at the Howard Hughes Parkway off-ramp, NBC LA reported. By midnight, the lanes had been reopened though the exit appeared to remain cordoned off.
-----Southern California Public Radio/KPCC
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