Around 5:30 p.m., officers responded to a call about a vehicle being vandalized near the 9300 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Officers determined two individuals were attempting to burglarize a car. When BHPD arrived, the two suspects—one man and one female—entered a vehicle and attempted to flee, driving southbound in an alleyway, according to BHPD Lt. Reginald Evans.
Additional officers were driving northbound in the alley toward the fleeing vehicle. These officers acted quickly and jumped out of their vehicle, Evans said. The suspects sideswiped the oncoming police vehicle nearly hitting an officer. The suspects continued heading south and subsequently struck a vehicle with three people on Gregory Way. The two proceeded to flee on foot before they were taken into custody a short time later.
Meanwhile, the three people in the struck vehicle—who were members of the same family—were treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital for minor injuries.
The suspects are Ivan Perez, 27, and Brenda Vega, 23. Perez was arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run, possession of drug paraphernalia and evading officers. Vega, of Monterey Park, was booked with resisting officers and a felony warrant. As of press time, investigators had not identified Perez’s city of residence.
At 9:30 p.m., officers concluded their investigation and reopened the affected roadway.