SHERMAN OAKS─A suspect wanted for a felony led police on a high-speed pursuit that ended at the Sherman Oaks Galleria on Friday, January 31.
The chase began at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Glen Oaks Boulevard and Cabrini Drive after officers attempted to pullover a black Mercedes-Benz. The suspect who was driving the vehicle was being tracked by undercover police for a possible connection to a burglary.
The suspect drove through Studio City, Northridge, and Sherman Oaks traveling at the 120 mph at times. Police followed the suspect onto the northbound Golden State Freeway (5), off the surface streets of Granada Hills, Northridge and Encino areas and back onto the Golden State Freeway going southbound. The suspect entered the Ventura (101) freeway where he exited onto Sherman Oaks.
He drove into a parking structure near the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Authorities set up a perimeter and placed the Galleria on a brief lockdown.
A woman posted on Twitter shortly after the lockdown: “So I just drove out from the Sherman Oaks Galleria (no other cars was in sight because it was closed off) I was chased down by a cop. He told me to put my car in park and searched my car. He told me he wanted to make sure I wasn’t being held “hostage.”
The public was informed by officials to stay away from the area as the investigation ensued. The LAPD cancelled the search later that day for unknown reasons. No arrests have been made as of late Friday morning.