SANTA MONICA (CBSLA)  —  The pursuit of a jewelry store robbery suspect in Santa Monica ended with a crash and a bomb squad called to the location.

Stu Mundel reported from Sky9.

“So much is going on out here,” Mundel reported.

The crash occurred on the 300 block of 15th Street. The incident began at a jewelry store several blocks away on Montana and 16th Street.

The suspect went into the jewelry store and robbed the business but not before threatening people with a bomb he was allegedly holding.

Santa Monica police arrived at the jewelry store as the suspect was fleeing, authorities said.

After the suspect crashed, he ran on foot. The suspect is at large, officials said.

The neighborhood remains on lock down while authorities search for the suspect.

KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz reported from the scene, where witnesses said they saw the suspect hopping fences.

A three-block perimeter was set up.

Police spotted a suspicious package under the passenger’s side door prompting the call to the bomb squad.

“It looks like it’s going to be something homemade,” said Sana Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez. “But again, I  can’t make that determination that’s why we requested our bomb squad to come out and look at that device.”

Neighbors have been told to stay indoors with their lights on.

The suspect was described as a man in his 30s, wearing dark clothing.


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