LA CA—ADA FLINTRIDGE -- The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Department will file charges today against a 27-year-old Los Angeles man who led police on a high-speed pursuit, then barricaded himself in a Foothill Boulevard business' restroom, police said.
Nathaniel Rivera was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of auto theft, possession of a firearm as a parolee and reasonable cause robbery, just 15 minutes after he initially led police on a high-speed pursuit on the freeway, Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Sgt. Don Hudalla said. The reasonable cause robbery accusation is based on the officers' suspicion that items found in the car Rivera was driving were going to be used to commit a robbery or had been used in a robbery, police said. Hudalla declined to say what those items were.
Sheriff's deputies patrolling the Foothill area just before 6 p.m. Tuesday initially suspected Rivera of auto theft after arbitrarily running his license plate, and finding the Infiniti G35 he was driving was reported stolen out of Pasadena, Hudalla said.