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5 arrested in Nordstrom Rack takeover robbery, hostage assault

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Los Angeles police officers patrol outside the Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester where a woman was being held hostage by a pair of armed men, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Monday announced five arrests in connection with the takeover of a Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester last week in which hostages were assaulted and one was stabbed. Police arrested three men in connection with the robbery and two women on suspicion of being accessories after the fact.

Troy Marsay Hammock and Everett Oneal Allen are in jail in Los Angeles on suspicion of robbery. The state placed a parole hold on Hammock, while Allen remains in custody on $1,080,000 bail. Police in Phoenix picked up the third robbery suspect, Raymond Sherman, who awaits extradition to California in jail without bail. 

Rochelle Monique Sherman and Paula Roneshia Bradley are being held in lieu of  $100,000 bail on suspicion of being accessories after the fact .

All the suspects are from Los Angeles and are in their late 20s and early 30s. 

Attorneys with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office have not yet announced charges. 

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In the incident, police said three men confronted store employees as they left for the day around 11 p.m. Thursday, forced them back inside and robbed the store. The suspects stabbed one woman, who was later treated and released, and sexually assaulted another.

Police arrived at the store after a hostage called one of her relatives, who in turn called 911. At some point, Beck said, responding officers — who knew there were hostages and reports of armed robbers inside — saw two suspects separately walk out of the building and then return to the store quickly. The SWAT team was called in and entered the store. 

There, Beck said, they found most of the 14 hostages huddled in the bathroom, while others were hiding around the store. The suspects, however, were gone, managing to evade the throng of officers called to the store.

Beck declined to describe how they escaped, but defended his officers, saying, "This is a huge location, multiple exits, very difficult for responding officers to cover all of them."

Following the robbery, LAPD assigned some 20 detectives to the case. 

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