One of two suspects in a carjacking in Santa Monica early Sunday, September 25th, was arrested after Santa Monica police were led on a vehicle pursuit that ended after a traffic collision in Los Angeles.
Police had been called to the 1500 block of Fourth Street at 1:18 p.m. regarding an armed robbery and carjacking that had just occurred.
Preliminary investigation revealed that two victims were entering their vehicle when two suspects approached them.
One of the suspects forcibly grabbed the purse of one of the victims and sprayed both victims with pepper spray, police allege.
Both suspects allegedly entered the victims’ vehicle and drove away.
The two victims were treated for eye irritation from the pepper spray.
A Santa Monica police unit saw the vehicle a short time later on the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) at La Brea Avenue.
The suspects’ vehicle allegedly failed to stop for the police car and a vehicle pursuit ensued, police said.
The vehicle pursuit ended at the intersection of Laurel and Rosewood Avenues in Los Angeles after a traffic collision.
The two suspects then fled the scene and police established a perimeter.
One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, but the second suspect remains at large, police said.
The apprehended suspect was identified as Keith Duane Pye, 22, of Los Angeles.
The second suspect is described as a black female in her 20s, five feet six to five feet seven, 140 to 185 pounds, having black hair. She was wearing a white baggy T-shirt and blue pants.
Pye was booked at the Santa Monica Jail and charged with armed robbery, carjacking, felony evading, felony hit and run and parole violation, with no bail.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.
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