Right place, right time for cops to grab suspect
A robbery and carjacking led to a chase that spanned more than 20 minutes, traveling west at a hair-raising pace on the Artesia (91) Freeway. The carjacker exited the freeway in Compton.
The suspect plowed through multiple intersections, with police, CHP and sheriff’s units close behind. The man, clad in a white T-shirt and dark pants, eventually drove into a public housing project parking lot near Alameda Street, bailed out and ran onto a baseball diamond, where he was tackled to the ground and arrested.
Ironically, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck was at the housing project distributing gifts to children as part of a toy drive.
LAPD Commander Andrew Smith, who was in on the takedown of the suspect, spoke with Penny Griego and Phil Hulett about how it went down.