Suspects being held in last weeks violent armed robbery at Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester

14 employees were held hostage and two allegedly assaulted

POSTED: 09:18 AM PST Jan 14, 2013 

Authorities today held three suspects on suspicion  of carrying out a violent armed robbery last week at a Nordstrom Rack store in  Westchester, where 14 employees were held hostage and two allegedly were  assaulted, one of them sexually.
      The robbery was reported just after 10 p.m. Thursday by a spouse of an  employee at the clothing store at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, Neiman  said.
      LAPD SWAT officers led the hostage victims to safety early Friday,  several hours after two gunmen were reported to have entered the business. One  hostage had been stabbed and another, sexually assaulted, Neiman said.
      According to the Los Angeles Times, police arrested one man Friday  morning and another at a Phoenix motel. The Times reported that the suspect  arrested in Phoenix was regarded as a principal suspect.
      A vehicle that may have been used by the suspects to flee the shopping  center was later located near Washington Boulevard and Globe Avenue in Culver  City, police said. Some items possibly related to the store were recovered,  according to Neiman.
      The Promenade is an outdoor shopping center with stores, eateries, a  miniature golf course and a cinema multiplex. The Nordstrom Rack store -- a  clearance outlet for the upscale department store -- is on the second floor of  the complex.