Police tonight chased a suspected car jacker as he drove through the streets of Echo Park, Silver Lake and surrounding neighborhoods, NBC LA is reporting. Residents reported seeing at least eight police cars and a helicopter overhead during the pursuit as it headed on Sunset Boulevard and southbound on Glendale Boulevard also near Echo Park Lake.
* Update on Wednesday, Sept. 12: The driver, 24-year-old Ian Schlesinger, has been booked in connection with the July 30 killing of Ivan Pedroza in Echo Park. The Eastsider
*Update: ABC7 reports the chase, which began in Echo Park near Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue, ended downtown, where police shot the robbery and murder suspect after he exited the car and pointed a rifle at officers. An LAPD spokesman has identified the man as 24-year-old Ian Schlesinger.