Pasadena Police Pursue Armed Robbery Suspects on Wild Freeways Chase, Capture All 5 in Hollywood

Published : Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 6:53 AM

Pasadena police unit on the streets of Hollywood following a miles-long pursuit of five armed robbery suspects Friday night. Image by tsbstringernews via Instagram

Pasadena police pursued five suspects following an armed smash-and-grab robbery at an Old Pasadena clock and watch repair shop all the way to Hollywood, where backed by four other law enforcement agencies all of the alleged robbers were captured.

Along the way, the suspects’ white Kia Soul was driven at high speeds in a wild chase which started on the I-210 eastbound at Lake Avenue and ended with foot pursuits in a neighborhood near Harvard Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.

Pasadena police Lt. Marcia Taglioretti said four of the suspects entered the jewelry shop at 8 East Holly Street about 4:18 p.m. Friday. A store known as Shant’s Watch & Repair is located at that address.

Two of the suspects carried hammers and began to smash the glass display cases and grab merchandise, she said.

One of the men carried a semi-automatic handgun and confronted the store owner. During the incident, the owner was struck in the mouth and injured.

After grabbing jewelry, the suspects fled to a waiting car, Taglioretti said.

Old Pasadena Guides witnessed the getaway and gave arriving police a description of the “white” “boxy” getaway car.

“Our officers located the suspect vehicle driving east on the 210 Freeway at Lake,” Taglioretti said, “And then a pursuit ensued.”

The suspects drove at high speed in a reckless manner along the Foothill (210), Ventura (134) and Hollywood (170/101) freeways before pulling onto an off-ramp in East Hollywood about 5 p.m. and fleeing on foot in the area of Marathon Street.

A containment area was established, Taglioretti said, with Pasadena officers supported by the California Highway Patrol and officers from the Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, and San Fernando police departments.

The search continued for several hours.

All five were ultimately located and arrested, Taglioretti said.

Three of the suspects were arrested with the help of K-9 units from outside police agencies and were bitten but cleared for booking, she said.

Taglioretti said that four of the suspects are from Long Beach: Isiah Nichols, age 20; Immanuel McNeal, 20; Rahshr Treadwell, 25; and Hanif Washington, 19.  The fifth suspect arrested, Jack Austin, 20, is a Los Angeles resident,  she said.

All were booked for armed robbery, although additional charges likely will filed.

A gun believed to have been tossed by the suspects was recovered along the pursuit route, Lt. Max Dahlstein reported earlier.




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