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2 LAPD officers are among 4 hurt when man in van goes on rampage

August 02, 2007|Tami Abdollah | Times Staff Writer

A Panorama City man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly going on what police described as a 10-minute rampage in which four people, including two LAPD officers, were injured as the man attempted to run over several pedestrians and ram police cars.

Jimmy Giron, 26, was visiting his girlfriend about 12:40 a.m. at the Valley Ball Cabaret strip club on Sepulveda Boulevard in North Hills and, after a "heated exchange" with her, got into his white Dodge van and tried to run over seven pedestrians, authorities said.

Two people were struck and were treated at the scene for minor injuries, said Lt. Mario Munoz of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Giron then drove onto the 118 Freeway, leading police on a chase, Munoz said. After colliding with another car on the freeway, Giron's car spun around and was facing the opposite direction, but he continued driving, exiting on a nearby on-ramp, Munoz said.

As the pursuit continued on the street, Giron slammed on his brakes and backed into the pursuing patrol cars, injuring two officers, Munoz said. Both were taken to a local hospital, where one was treated for a broken wrist and the other for minor injuries caused when the patrol car's air bag deployed.

Giron rammed another police vehicle and attempted to hit other pursuing patrol cars three times, Munoz said.

Giron abandoned his car and tried to run away, but officers apprehended him at Sepulveda and Roscoe boulevards and took him into custody, Munoz said.

Giron is expected to be charged with four counts of attempted murder on a police officer and six counts of assault with a deadly weapon, Munoz said.

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tami.abdollah@latimes.com

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