Two documented gang members from Azusa were under arrest Saturday after police said they led officers on a pursuit through five cities in the San Gabriel Valley with a woman and two children in the backseat of the vehicle.

An Azusa police officer spotted two suspicious vehicles in the 600 block of North Alameda Avenue and attempted to stop one of the vehicles, but the vehicle left and a pursuit began, according to a statement from the Azusa Police Department.

Shortly after the pursuit began, a man identified as Manuel Jimenez, 26, of Azusa, jumped from the vehicle and fled, but was quickly apprehended by officers, the statement said.

Other officers continued the pursuit, which led them along the San Gabriel River (605) and Foothill (210) freeways and into the cities of South El Monte, El Monte, Irwindale, Glendora and back into Azusa, police said.

Officers determined the suspect driver was Jose Magdaleno, 21, of Glendora, and he was wanted on a federal arrest warrant and was considered armed and dangerous.

About 45 minutes after the chase began, Magdaleno stopped the vehicle in the 900 block of North Alameda Street in Azusa, surrendered and was arrested.

Police later located two toddlers and their mother inside the vehicle, both appeared to be unharmed, Azusa police Sgt. S. Chapman said.

The woman’s name was not released because she was an “unwilling participant” in the pursuit and considered a kidnap victim.

Magdaleno was arrested for his outstanding warrant, suspicion of felony evading, kidnapping and child endangerment.

Jimenez was arrested on suspicion of evading police and weapon-related charges as a handgun was located at the scene, Chapman said.

A woman, Lupita Torres, 43, of Glendora, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing/delaying peace officers after she interfered with the police pursuit by driving recklessly around pursuing units near the end of the chase. She was released with a citation.

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