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4 arrested in possible robbery-kidnapping at Santa Monica hotel

April 22, 2013|By Matt Stevens

Santa Monica police are investigating a possible kidnapping and robbery at a hotel on Ocean Avenue that ended with some arrests being made on the beach.

Authorities received a call from a guest of the Seaview Hotel in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, according to Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

The caller reported something “going on” in another room, Lewis said, and when officers arrived, they discovered “people fleeing out of the window.”

Victims told police they were being kidnapped and robbed, Lewis said, adding there were conflicting statements that investigators are still sorting out.

Lewis said two victims were injured and treated at a local hospital. As many as five victims may have been involved.

Four suspects are in custody, Lewis said, adding that the arrests were made on the beach and at the hotel.

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