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A group of 14 Nordstrom Rack employees were held hostage by two suspects Thursday night, Los Angeles police say. The suspects are now on the loose and police say that one hostage was sexually abused. Another was stabbed.
Police were called to the Westchester, California store at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center at 11 p.m. According to ABC News, LAPD’s Lt. Steve Lurie said that one suspect was spotted outside the store when police arrived, but he slipped back in.
The police then surrounded the area and 45 minutes later, a SWAT team entered the building, where they found 13 women and one man in the store room and bathroom. Police believe the suspects fled the scene by the time they arrived.
The Los Angeles Times reports that one hostage was sexually abused and another stabbed. The woman stabbed had non-life threatening injuries. Police later said that a third was pistol whipped.
Culver City police say that a white SUV was found in the area, but they are still determining if that was the getaway vehicle.
Officials are still not sure how much money and merchandise the suspects ran off with.
The movie theater at the outdoor mall was actually under lockdown during the situation, with patrons held there for six hours. They spent the time watching free movies.