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Robbers Take Hostage and Try to Fool Police Into Thinking They're Hostages Too

| by Dominic Kelly

An unusual home invasion in Los Angeles quickly turned from robbery to hostage situation, ending in the apprehension of all four armed suspects.

In the early morning hours on Saturday, four armed robbers broke into a home in Lincoln Heights. The resident home at the time allegedly saw the suspects on the home surveillance system and called police around 2:40 a.m.

As the SWAT team and K-9 units arrived at the home, two of the suspects fled. The other two held the resident hostage inside the home for a reported total of two and a half hours. At one point, the suspects convinced the hostage to try and pass them off as hostages as well. That plan, however, didn’t work out well.

"At some point, the victim walked out of the house with the two suspects in trail, pretending that they were victims as well. The police didn't fall for that," said Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department. "They were able to take all those people into custody, figure out who was who, and ultimately arrest those two suspects."

The two suspects that fled were eventually caught. One of them was actually found hiding in the home’s backyard.