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    Default Armed stand off on CA Freeway

    I was just watching CNN Headline News and have been watching an armed standoff on a CA freeway. from what I can gather the guy involved had taken a woman hostage and her friend dialled 911 resulting in a police chase. the vehicle at the moment is totally surrounded by swat members. I will have to keep watchin to see how it ends.
    when will people learn the cops always win


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    Police Chase May Have Foiled Kidnapping



    ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected in a foiled kidnapping led officers on a freeway pursuit through two Southern California counties Tuesday before he was stopped and surrounded by SWAT team members in armored vehicles.

    Authorities boxed the stalled van on a freeway east of downtown Los Angeles after a pursuit that began in the Thousand Oaks area of neighboring Ventura County, authorities said.

    After nearly 30 minutes, however, the driver had not left the minivan, which was surrounded by armored vehicles.

    Traffic on busy Interstate 10 was backed up in both directions for miles.


    The chase began around 8:30 a.m. after a man posing as a delivery courier tried to kidnap a woman in the wealthy Lake Sherwood area, Ventura County sheriff's spokesman Eric Nishimoto said.


    He met the woman on the porch, produced a handgun and a ransom note and ``demanded that she go with him,'' Nishimoto said. As they were leaving, however, the woman mouthed to a watching neighbor to call 911, Nishimoto said.


    Then ``she turned and ran back into the house and he took off,'' Nishimoto said.


    It was unclear whether he knew the woman, Nishimoto said.


    A short time later, sheriff's deputies spotted the minivan, which fled onto a freeway. Highway patrol officers chased it through two counties at speeds ranging from 35 mph to 70 mph, depending on traffic, Officer Tomiekia Johnson said.


    At one point, officers laid down a spike strip that blew out the van's rear tires but the van continued to drive on its rims. A CHP car bumped the vehicle three times, causing it to spin out of control briefly.


    The third time, the van spun completely around and struck a soundwall, jarring the bumper loose and coming to a halt.


    ``We're at a standoff with the suspect,'' who was believed to still be carrying the handgun, Johnson said.

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