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Second Suspect in High-Speed Chase Arrested

Police apprehended a second man who tried to avoid officers in Santa Monica by jumping into the ocean off Venice.

Police arrested two men after one allegedly pointed a gun at a Vons employee Thursday afternoon and led officers on a high-speed chase through Santa Monica and Venice.

Officers were already at the Vons in the 1300 block of Wilshire Boulevard responding to a 911 call at 2:15 p.m. about a woman who had been detained by a security guard on suspicion of theft, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis. Two men then pulled up and pointed a handgun at an employee, according to the sergeant.

"Then something happened that caused [the men] to flee; it may have been because there were already officers on scene," Lewis said. "We're still trying to determine if it was connected to the theft. We think it was."

During the pursuit, a parked car was side-swiped.

The chase zoomed through Santa Monica resident Crystal Shepeard's neighborhood. She said she saw "more than a dozen (lost count at 12) [patrol cars] speeding north on Stewart towards Olympic, plus a helicopter following."

Officers arrested one man around 4 p.m. when he drove a black Honda to a dead-end at 25th Street, just north of the Santa Monica Airport, said Lewis.

"He exited the vehicle, took a drag on a cigarette and sat down on a curb," NBC Los Angeles reported.

The second suspect was arrested at the Venice breakwater near Windward Avenue. The man was in the water for about 45 minutes before taken into custody.

Keith Martin Kaucher January 18, 2013 at 08:07 PM
No he'd still be a criminal that wouldn't change.
Chuck Mason January 18, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Water co! ...............................................
Moni January 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM
They passed in front of us in the parking lot of Albertsons! On Lincoln and Ocean Park! He drove in one entrance and out the other and 20 cop cars. We couldn't believe what had jus happened. Glad they were caught!
Dan Charney January 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Ha ha- I thought the same thing- he stayed in 45 minutes- amazing- would think he'd of died of hypothermia
anne January 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM
That was the most dangerous chase the crime was not worth running sooo many cop cars in the rush streets of already clogged up Santa Monica!!!!!!!!!!

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