A 16-year-old who was allegedly involved in the theft of a woman’s purse on Idaho Avenue in Santa Monica Wednesday, December 27th, was arrested after a brief car chase that ended in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica police said.

Police are still searching for a second suspect, described as a white male, five-feet-11, with a medium build, short to medium dark hair and wearing a dark-colored jacket and pants, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.

Santa Monica police officers were called at 9:30 p.m. December 27th, to the 1000 block of Idaho Avenue regarding a street robbery, where a woman alleged to police that she had driven into her carport, where a suspect approached her and demanded money, Padilla said.

The suspect allegedly took the woman’s purse and then fled on foot, Padilla said.

The woman was able to provide police with a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle.

A police officer who was patrolling the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) saw the suspect’s vehicle, and as the officer began to follow the vehicle, an item was tossed out of the car, Padilla said.

The car, which was being driven in the “emergency lane” of the freeway in an apparent effort to evade the officer, then left the freeway at the Centinela Avenue exit, he said.

A brief pursuit ensued along various streets in Santa Monica before ending in the 1400 block of Wellesley Avenue in West Los Angeles, where the driver pulled over and then fled on foot, along with a passenger, Padilla said.

Police established a perimeter and through the use of police canines and a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, the 16-year-old suspect was located and arrested, he said.

The second suspect was not apprehended.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander’s office at (310) 458-8427.

Callers who wish to provide anonymous information may also call the We-Tip national hotline at 800-782-7463 (800-78-CRIME). Callers with information leading to an arrest and conviction may become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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