STUDIO CITY—Three home burglary suspects were apprehended by authorities on Tuesday, July 7 following a manhunt spanning several hours in Studio City.
The Los Angeles Police Department initially responded to reports of a breaking and entering on the 13000 block of Bloomfield Street at around 10:40 a.m.
Upon arrival, they witnessed three suspects abandoning a vehicle. An official manhunt began shortly thereafter. Police set up a series of road barricades on surrounding streets, including Moorpark Avenue and Coldwater Canyon Boulevard in an effort to contain the suspects within a tight perimeter. A SWAT team and K-9 units arrived to provide the police with re-enforcement.
During the neighborhood lockdown, residents in the vicinity were asked to remain indoors while they searched for the suspects, but to stay vigilant for suspicious activity.
Police got word of a possible home burglary that they believed to be linked to the same suspects. With their whereabouts determined, two of the suspects were reportedly found in the streets trying to hide from authorities, while the other suspect was caught at a nearby apartment building.
Authorities were fearful that the suspects had taken a housekeeper as a hostage, after there was no reply from the house number. They later discovered she managed keep herself out of harm’s way by locking herself in a bathroom after she called 911. She was later retrieved by the police.
The lockdown was lifted immediately after police were certain the neighborhood was clear. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.
All three suspects could potentially face weapons and burglary charges.