Chatauqua Lockdown Ends; Suspect Evades Officers on Foot

The woman who barricaded herself inside a residence has evaded officers and may still be in the area.

Credit: John Schreiber
Credit: John Schreiber

The woman, who was suspected of driving under the influence, believed to be armed and barricaded herself inside a Pacific Palisades home after she crashed her vehicle, has given police the slip, authorities said.

Authorities entered the home around 9 p.m. and the woman was gone, police said. They believed she may have fled on foot and may still be in the area. Officers are still looking for the suspect and asking residents to be on the alert and notify police if they see anyone matching her description.

She is described as a 22-year-old white woman, about 5-foot-8 with blonde to light brown hair. Police warned residents not to engage the suspect as she still may be armed.

The incident started at around 2:15 p.m. when police pursued a woman in a silver Suburu Hatchback suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

She had two German Sheppard-looking dogs with her in the car, Scott Wagenselle from Gates Security said.

After she crashed her vehicle into parked cars, the woman went in to a residence on the 1000 block of Chatauqua Boulevard, Officer Bruce Borihanh of Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations said.

A SWAT team responded to the scene after the woman, who claimed to be armed with some kind of weapon, went inside the home and refused to come out, Borihanh said.

There were no injuries reported or threats made and the woman had no hostages

For a time, the area around upper Chatauqua Boulevard north of Sunset Boulevard was in lockdown. The area was in complete gridlock and people were parking in the middle of street, according to Gates Security dispatcher.

The woman may have been a transient from the Lake Tahoe area as her vehicle is registered there, Wagenselle said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Victoria Ordin January 16, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Bad week for PP between fire and this. :(
Michele January 16, 2014 at 09:17 PM
I feel like there are more incidents every day. Was never like this.
Victoria Ordin January 16, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Well there were "incidents" due to Rihanna on Rivas. That was a stupid, ill-conceived purchase. On what planet did that sound like a good fit :) But this is crazy to have a violent crime situation and a fire in a week. There was that other armed wacko not that long ago but forget details. By Huntington I think. And he'd been to the bank by Tivoli
Lily Jane January 16, 2014 at 09:32 PM
crazy! to much for us palisadians in one week!
Michele January 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM
I hope everyone is safe!
Judith Newmark January 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM
Maybe this woman is the hit and run driver who hit young Pregerson 2 weeks ago ? No matter what I'm hearing helicopters and it's pretty scary here in the Alphabets!
liza osullivan January 17, 2014 at 12:20 AM
There hasn't been an update - just the same story they posted hours ago. Is this situation over?
DR January 17, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Helicopters stopped abt 40 mins ago but I can't see outside what's going on. Waiting to hear how it ended.
Victoria Ordin January 17, 2014 at 12:33 AM
The choppers were audible until about 2 hours ago at Will Rogers. Been quite loud.
Penny Daily January 17, 2014 at 12:51 AM
Any updates? All helicopters are gone.
Alexander Nguyen January 17, 2014 at 01:16 AM
Story has been updated.
goodstory January 17, 2014 at 02:20 AM
I'll bet the palisadian post is rethinking its lack of online presence.
goodstory January 17, 2014 at 02:24 AM
Patch these are the stories where you should come into the town and live blog. You'll fill that local news hole -- Was this incident connected to the hit and run on the same stretch? and how long will that bicycle death shrine remain on temescal? Is it a traffic hazard? There's a lot to cover here.
Penny Daily January 17, 2014 at 09:56 AM
I wonder what qualifies someone as bring a transient. I must have been a transient for nearly a year because I had out of state tags! ;)
Amy Sommer January 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM
You might want to do a grammar and spelling check before you post these stories.
Sharon S January 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM
REALLY?! Helicopters for hours and suspect "evaded" police, not very encouraging!
Michele January 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM
I think Pali residents need to start a local page to post updates and happenings. Maybe a resident Facebook page?
Debra January 17, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Any updates today? Still no capture of this person? There was a lot of money spent last night in helicopters and police and no arrests. This is wild!
Ja Mie January 18, 2014 at 02:03 AM
my mom saw about 8 cop cars today near marquez and sunset around 2:20pm surrounding something... hoping it was this lunatic but maybe not. anyone know what that was about?
Michele January 18, 2014 at 02:09 AM
I saw them flying up Sunset before 2PM today as well as a helicopter. I asked on the Patch Facebook page but haven't heard anything yet.
Judith Newmark January 18, 2014 at 02:43 PM
WHY HAS THERE BEEN NO FOLLOW UP NEWS ON THIS STORY? EVERYBODY'S ALARMED AND THEN, NOTHING! Who is she? Where is she? Did she hit David Pregerson and kill him in the same block where she crashed? When he was hit, he had been drinking at a party and decided to walk home. Were they at the same party, he walked home and she drove - with tragic results? If something else entirely, WHAT?
The Pacpalcalusa Observer January 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Let me get this straight. Police follow a car, the driver stops and enters a house, the cops surround with cars and a helicopter, the neighborhood is inlockdown for hours, she flees out the back door and into the wilds of ???, police lose track of her and we hear nothing more about it. It this about how it went?
nancy klopper January 26, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Michele January 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Still haven't hear a thing about this.


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