HOLLYWOOD HILLS—A police pursuit in Hollywood Hills ended after several suspects crashed into a pole near the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, December 20. One suspect fled the scene and the other is currently in police custody.
Officials are unsure when the pursuit began, but say it started about 7:40 p.m. when suspects in a dark colored, four-door sedan crashed into a police cruiser. As officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division were following the vehicle, an assault on an officer ensued. Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Wilshire Division was unable to confirm if the assault involved any of the suspects in the vehicle.
The vehicle, which was reported to be a stolen Mercedes-Benz, was driven at high speeds and at times on incoming lanes during the pursuit.
Once the car collided with a pole on Yucca Street and Highland Avenue, one suspect ran into a retail complex located on Hollywood and Highland. The complex is known as a busy tourist destination near the Grauman Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The destination drew many moviegoers who were there to watch the latest “Star Wars” film. The area was shut down at one point during the search and moviegoers were evacuated. Officials urged the public to avoid the area as they conducted the investigation with a K-9 unit.
The second suspect is described as an African-American male with dreadlocks wearing dark pants and a grey hoodie.
At about 10:30 p.m., Captain Steve Lurie tweeted, “Thank you for your patience at Hollywood and Highland. The search is over, a suspect is in custody, there is no threat to the community.”
According to Officer Lopez, no officers were injured during the incident. No additional details about the location of the second suspect has been disclosed to the public.
Canyon News reached out to the LAPD Wilshire Division for comment, but did not hear back before print.