Los Angeles area authorities worked on Tuesday to arrest a suspected armed car robber in a standoff amid suspicions that could be linked to the killing of two deputies over the weekend, according to media reports.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told several media outlets that the suspicion is unrelated to the ambush of two transit agents in Compton on Saturday. However, KNBC-TV reported that several law enforcement sources said investigators are increasingly confident that the suspect, who led authorities in a car chase on Tuesday, is connected.
During the chase, the suspect allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran to a house in the Lynwood suburb of Los Angeles.
Authorities converge on the city, which borders Compton to the south, and evacuated an area during a search. MPs who wore tactical clothing and drove SWAT vehicles also responded.
Despite reports that the suspect had links to the shooting, sheriff officials have not confirmed anything. Villanueva did not respond to Fox News emails and department officials would only confirm that authorities were looking for a suspect of car theft.
Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez told the City News Service that the department could not confirm whether the suspect is connected to the attack on his fellow deputies.
“Right now, he’s just a suspect of car theft, but it’s really important that we arrest him and identify him to see if there’s any connection to the ambush,” he said.
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Transit MPs – described only as a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old – graduated from the academy 14 months ago.
They are recovering in the hospital after undergoing surgery. A reward of over $ 300,000 – a mix of county funds and private donations – is offered for information on the suspected killer.