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16-Year-Old Robbery Suspect Hides from Cops for Three Hours
A 16-year-old boy hid from police for three hours last night in a house in Del Rey after attempting to rob someone by pretending to have a handgun. The boy was thwarted in his would-be robbery by a passer-by, reports CNS, who sprayed him with Mace during the attempt at about 9:00 p.m. The ran away but was spotted by officers, who chased him into a residential neighborhood that they then evacuated.
During the chase, the boy ran into a house that had been cleared out but left unlocked. Cops brought in an air unit and eventually the SWAT team, and after three hours, went into the house and found the boy hiding under a mattress. He was arrested and officials didn't find a weapon.