A female hostage held overnight at a Nordstrom Rack in a suburban neighborhood of Los Angeles was sexually assaulted and another was stabbed, local authorities said Friday. A third hostage was reportedly pistol-whipped.
The victims were among 14 hostages held by two robbers which have yet to be identified. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 10), ending with the suspects fleeing the Westchester clothing store with an undisclosed amount of money.
Sources said about a half hour into the robbery, hostages were led into a bathroom. The woman who was stabbed was struck in the neck, but police reported her injuries as non-life threatening.
Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT officers quickly arrived on the scene and surrounded the store. On two different occasions, police said the suspects walked out of the store but headed back in after seeing police.
Officers entered the store at approximately 3:30 a.m. to free all 14 hostages who were forced into a storage room.
On Friday, police were trying to confirm that the getaway car was found at a nearby location.