Police have begun to close off streets in Echo Park near Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street as police pursue a gang member. Sgt. Wayne Guillary with the Northeast Division said he had no further information at this time.
* Update @ 12:38 a.m. Saturday : The suspect is a parolee at large, said Guillary. The division’s gang unit is handling the search with the assistance of a canine unit and a police helicopter.
* Update @ 8:17 a.m. Saturday: The suspect was not found after an approximately three-hour long search. “One of our gang units observed a wanted suspect in the area of Fargo and Echo Park.,” said Sgt. Victor Arrellano with the Northeast Division. “A short foot pursuit ensued and a perimeter was established. A K-9 search was conducted, but unfortunately the suspect had eluded the officers.”