Police looking for armed robbers who held 14 people hostage in California
Friday, January 11, 2013
One hostage was stabbed and another was sexually assaulted, the Los Angeles Police Department reported
(KFI) Fourteen people held hostage in a Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester were led to safety by LAPD SWAT officers early today, and detectives sought two men who fled following an armed robbery at the business, police said.
One hostage was stabbed and another was sexually assaulted, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Both were treated at the scene this morning and released.
The robbery of the clothing store at the Promenade at HowardHughesCenter was reported just after Thursday by a spouse or boyfriend of an employee of the store, said Lt. Andy Neiman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
The employee, a woman, phoned the man asking him to report to police that two men armed with handguns had come into the store, which closes at , Neiman said.
Responding officers saw a man coming out of the store and run back inside when he saw police. A short time later, a man leaving the store with a woman spotted officers and forced the woman back into the store, Neiman said.