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Police Arrest 2 Carjacking Suspects

August 13, 2002

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GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) _ A man and woman who took four hostages inside a convenience store after leading police on a high-speed pursuit were arrested Tuesday, ending a five-hour crime spree, authorities said.

No one was injured.

Police said the pair, who were not immediately identified, was taken into custody about 3:10 a.m. No shots were fired during a standoff with a SWAT team as police negotiators talked with the two suspects, said Los Angeles Police Officer Eddy Zelaya.

Authorities said the man and woman _ armed with shotguns _ carjacked a pickup truck about 10 p.m. Monday. A woman and a 9-month-old girl were forced out of the vehicle and were not harmed, said LAPD Officer Doug Pierce.

The suspects then allegedly stole a purse from a woman before being spotted by police shortly before midnight.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the pair sped away and headed north, Zelaya said. The chase ended shortly after midnight Tuesday in Glendale near a 7-11 convenience store, where the man and woman ran inside and took four hostages, including a store clerk.

Glendale is 10 miles north of Los Angeles.

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