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Man eludes Glendale police perimeter set up after crash, foot pursuit

February 12, 2013

A suspected gang member was able to evade a police perimeter set up in South Glendale on Tuesday after he led officers on a brief car chase, crashed and then fled on foot.

Officers wrapped up a roughly six-hour search Tuesday afternoon for the driver, who police say may have been armed.

The neighborhoods surrounding Colorado to Maple streets and Fischer and Griswold streets were heavily guarded under a police perimeter, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

While the driver eluded police, officers believe they know his identity, he added. The driver was described as a known member of a Burbank gang, Lorenz added.

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Officers stopped the driver about 8:09 a.m. in connection with a minor traffic violation, police said. As they were talking to the driver — who police declined to identify — he reportedly drove off and led officers on a pursuit.

Moments later, he crashed his vehicle in the 400 block of Griswold Street and took off running, police said.

But before he fled from the scene, police saw the driver reach in between the vehicle’s seats for an unknown object, Lorenz said.

Still, he added officers did not see the driver holding a weapon, nor did they see him simulate a weapon.

Officers used police dogs in their search for the driver, but they were unable to find him.

The driver was described as Latino man, 5 foot 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds, with a shaved head and brown eyes. He was wearing a black-hooded jacket and black loose-fitting pants.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA.

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