LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department Monday announced the arrests of five suspects in connection with the take-over armed robbery and hostage situation at a Westchester Nordstrom Rack last week.
Rochelle Monique Sherman, 33; Troy Marsay Hammock, 29; Everett Oneal Allen, 24; Raymond Sherman, Jr. 34; and 29-year-old Paula Robeshia Bradley were all arrested and remain in custody.
KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Hammack, Allen and Sherman confronted 14 Nordstrom Rack employees as they were leaving for the night around 11 p.m. on Jan 10.
“The suspects forced the employees back into the store and held them hostage while the suspects robbed the business,” police said in a statement.
One employee was stabbed in the neck and suffered non-life threatening injuries. A second employee was sexually assaulted.
The suspects fled the scene before the 14 employees were rescued by a SWAT team early Friday morning. Both injured women were treated at a local hospital and released.
“I want to thank my SWAT officers who heroically, not knowing whether the suspects escaped or not, entered the location and made sure the hostages were safe,” Chief Beck said.
More than 20 detectives were assigned to the investigation and “worked relentlessly for the next forty-eight hours scouring the crime scene, reviewing evidence and identifying the suspects,” officials said in a statement.
By Saturday night, detectives had identified an arrested the three armed robbers. Sherman and Bradley were later arrested as accessories, according to the statement.
“Four of the suspects are currently in custody in Los Angeles, while a fifth suspect is in the custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department in Phoenix, Arizona,” police said.
Allen is being held in Los Angeles on $1.08 million bail and Hammock is being held on a no parole hold.
Bradley and Hammock are both being held on $100,000 bail.
Sherman is being held in Arizona without bail pending his extradition to Los Angeles.