Police swarmed the neighborhood of Canon Dr. and Olympic Blvd. in Beverly Hills Friday morning in pursuit of a stolen vehicle suspect, a kerfuffle that rattled local residents and business owners.
"They were saying stuff on loudspeakers," Katie Chau, who works in the corporate office of the Four Seasons on S. Beverly Dr., told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think it was coming from the helicopters. I don't know if they were talking to the general public or the perpetrator."
Officers confirmed that the suspect was hiding in the neighborhood before they were able to apprehend him. A perimeter was set up while the search was underway, which rerouted traffic off Olympic Blvd. and obstructed pedestrians. Police advised residents to stay out the area.
The pursuit concluded around 9:15 AM when police took the suspect into custody. Residents reported hearing helicopters in the area as early as 8:15 AM.
The commotion began when an officer spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen, which prompted "a short vehicle pursuit," watch commander Sgt. Max Subin told THR.
"He crashed the car and then he took of on foot," Subin said, though he could not confirm the location of the accident. "He was hiding before we apprehended him."