HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A Hacienda Heights couple whose home was burglarized by suspects who led police on a high-speed chase Monday are speaking out.
Three adult suspects were arrested in South Los Angeles after a dangerous pursuit that spanned more than 25 miles during the evening rush hour.
But Norma and Oscar Osorio say it all began when the couple learned at work their dog got loose. A neighbor’s security video later showed them Oscar had arrived home 30 seconds after burglars left.
“My three daughters were with me,” he said. “And for some reason, I chose to go to park to rescue my dog first. It could have been a totally different situation.”
The couple was shaken up by the revelation.
“One minute could have made a difference with my girls being in the house with those men. It’s just really scary,” Norma said.
It was a neighbor just down the street who saw the suspects casing the Osorios’ home and called 911. The witness reportedly gave a perfect description of the suspects and their vehicle. The pursuit was underway about 30 minutes later.
The Osorios watched the chase on television alongside investigators and saw items thrown out the suspects’ car window, which they later learned were their own possessions.
“You see your personal possessions you worked hard for just being tossed around like nothing. It’s very violating,” Oscar said.
Norma pointed out a promise ring given to her by her husband while they were first dating, now crooked and bent, has more meaning than ever.
It was recovered from the chase and later given to her by California Highway Patrol officers.
“You can tell it has been run over numerous times on the freeway,” she said. “I think it’s pretty symbolic, kind of indestructible.”
The couple later learned two children, ages 9 and 15, were also in the pursuit vehicle.
“It made me sick to my stomach as a mother,” Norma said.
Now, they’re grateful their own family is safe, and at least some of their belongings were returned.