By Raul Samaniego
NORWALK – Two male suspects were taken into custody on Friday after a short car and foot chase with L.A County Sheriff’s deputies near the 15500 block of Fairford Avenue.
According to Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Watch Commander Lt. Richard Hernandez, the suspects allegedly held up a branch of the Bank of the West on Carmenita Avenue in Cerritos.
A pursuit of the suspects began at the bank, but authorities say the pursuit never made it onto any freeways.
“They drove (west) on Artesia, then north on Bloomfield, and finally west on Alondra Boulevard,” said Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Stephanie Mandujano.
A spike strip was ultimately deployed at the intersection of Norwalk and Alondra boulevards.
“They worked,” said Mandujano, who described the two men as African-American.
While part of the car pursuit, she was not involved in the foot chase, which brought the neighborhood to a halt.
“I was working on my computer in my room, when I heard someone shouting outside,” said Norwalk resident Dylin Marabot, who witnessed a suspect run past his window.
Marabot said he watched as a male deputy shouted at the suspect to “stop”
“He had his gun in hand, but he wasn’t pointing it at the suspect,” Marabot said.
Authorities said the suspect ran into a neighboring backyard where he was apprehended.
One of the suspects was slightly injured while trying to run away.
“He hurt his ankle,” Sgt. Mandujano said.
No weapons were found in the initial search of the suspects’ vehicle.
“We’re waiting for detectives to arrive so they may go through the vehicle for evidence,” said Mandujano at the scene.