5 Suspects Arrested For Nordstrom Rack Armed Robbery and Hostage-Taking [UPDATED]
The Los Angeles Police Department revealed Sunday evening they have arrested three suspects they say are connected to last week's violent armed robbery and hostage situation at a local mall.
The incident took place Thursday at closing time at the Nordstrom Rack at the Howard Hughes Center, when armed robbers stormed the store. Ultimately, 14 employees were held hostage in the store for several hours as SWAT officers conducted a rescue.
During the course of the tense and violent crime, one of the female hostages was sexually assaulted, another hostage stabbed, and authorities say other hostage was pistol-whipped.
The hostages--13 women and one man--were hiding in a storage room, with the exception of two who were kept separate, including the woman who was sexually assaulted.
The suspects fled the scene and remained at large in the days following the crime.
The LAPD have not yet released details about the suspects, and will be holding a press conference later Monday morning to do so.
UPDATE 12:00 PM
The LAPD announced late Monday morning they have a total of five suspects in custody in association with the violent robbery.
In the 48 hours following the crime, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the " investigators worked relentlessly [...] to track down the assailants."
The three suspects who committed the robbery were identified and apprehended Saturday night, while two others who assisted after the fact were also taken into custody.
Troy Hammock, 29, Everett Allen, 24, and Raymond Sherman Jr., 34, all of Los Angeles, were booked on suspicion of robbery. Hammock was held without bail on a parole hold, and Allen's bail was set at $1 million. Sherman was being held in Phoenix, Arizona, without bail, pending his return to Los Angeles.
Additionally, Rochelle Sherman, 33, and Paula Bradley, 29, both of Los Angeles, were booked on suspicion of being accessories to the crime. Each was held on $100,000 bail.
The getaway vehicle had been spotted Friday morning. Some items possibly related to the store were recovered, according to the LAPD.