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July 06, 2009

Hours after issuing an Amber Alert, Los Angeles police arrested a 29-year-old man Sunday evening who was accused of kidnapping several children, sexually assaulting one woman and shooting another during an attempted carjacking. The man, Angel Samos, was shot by police during a confrontation about 5:30 p.m. at an apartment complex near 16th Street and Pacific Avenue in Long Beach. He was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, said Officer Karen Rayner, an LAPD police spokeswoman. The four children with him, ages 1 to 11, were unharmed and rescued by police, she said.

Police said the incident began Saturday afternoon, when Samos allegedly sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint in South Los Angeles. He then fled with the victim, her daughter and her niece.

Saturday evening, the suspect allegedly shot a 24-year-old woman during an attempted carjacking at a gas station at 45th Street and Avalon Boulevard, police said. During the incident, the ex-girlfriend managed to escape, but the suspect fled with the two children, police said. The shooting victim was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in critical but stable condition.


Suspect in abduction is arrested

The suspect then met with his mother at a liquor store in Long Beach, police said. He left with two more children, both of them his own, according to police.

-- Patrick McDonnell and Maeve Reston


Fire near Dodger Stadium doused

Firefighters quickly knocked down a small brush fire in Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium today, authorities said.

The fire broke out about noon near the Los Angeles Police Academy and burned about five acres of medium to light brush, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

-- Corina Knoll

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