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A man allegedly carjacked a lime green Toyota Prius taxicab at gunpoint Friday and then led police on a looping, mostly slow-speed two-hour chase through South Los Angeles and surrounding communities before armored SUVs were used to disable the car and corner the suspect.

The chase began about 1:25 p.m. in the 4000 block of Cimarron Avenue and ended at 3:25 at the intersection of 103rd and Alameda streets, when a police SUV executed a PIT maneuver that sent the Prius into a spin before it was pinned by three police SUVs.

As the suspect wound through South Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne and unincorporated county areas, he slowed at times and appeared to hand money to at least two bystanders. Some onlookers cheered and captured images of the Bell Cab and the suspect on their cell phones.

At one point, the suspect drove around a rail gate but did a U-turn when a passing Metro train came to a halt, blocking his way.

After being pinned down and forced to stop, the suspect — who was not immediately identified — climbed out a window and was taken into custody without incident by Los Angeles police.

City News Service

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