4 in custody after 2 East LA robberies, freeway chase ends south of downtown

Two robberies in East Los Angeles led to a freeway chase that ended south of downtown near Alameda Street, where four people were taken into custody and a search for weapons was under way this morning.

The chase ended at a Los Angeles Times printing plant parking lot, and employees there helped corral six suspects, sheriff's officials said. Two of the six were released.

The first robbery was around 8 p.m. Tuesday at 4th Street and Indiana Street, said Lt. Carlos Marquez of the Sheriff's East Los Angeles Station. Several suspects robbed at least two victims on the street of their wallets, Marquez said.

The second robbery was around 10 p.m. at Atlantic Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard, where victims were again robbed on the street. Around midnight, deputies learned of a vehicle and people matching descriptions of the suspects with somebody waving a gun, Marquez said.

The suspects got on the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway, took the San Bernardino (10) Freeway west and got off around Mateo Street, with deputies in pursuit.

Deputies found the vehicle crashed on Lemon Street near the Times parking lot, Marquez said.

A search that included Los Angeles police officers and a Sheriff's Department helicopter crew ensued, and six people were detained by around 1 a.m., Marquez said.

A 20-year-old man and three teenaged boys were in custody this morning at the East Los Angeles Station, Marquez said. Two females were questioned and released.

As of 4 a.m., deputies were still searching south of downtown for weapons, Marquez said.

No injuries were reported in the robberies, the pursuit or the search, according to the Sheriff's Department.

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