A police investigator carried evidence bags from a Nordstrom Rack store at the Howard Hughes Center last week.
A police investigator carried evidence bags from a Nordstrom Rack store at the Howard Hughes Center last week. (Reed Saxon/Associated Press)

Three alleged gang members have been arrested as suspects in last week's robbery at Nordstrom Rack in Westchester, where gunmen held 14 people hostage, stabbed one employee and sexually assaulted another, police said Sunday.

Los Angeles police will release details of the arrests at a news conference later this morning.

The men are suspected in Thursday's night's holdup at Nordstrom Rack at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, adjacent to the San Diego (405) Freeway at Sepulveda Boulevard and Center Drive.

According to police, officers swarmed the center at 10 p.m. when a man dialed 911 to report that his girlfriend had called him to say two gunmen had barged into the store. The store was closed but 14 employees were inside.

Officers saw a white sport utility vehicle flee the parking structure when they arrived, but lost it as it raced away. Police officers surrounded the shopping complex and locked down the Rave theaters, keeping about 200 movie patrons inside.

After several hours, a police SWAT team entered the Nordstrom store, finding the employees inside a storage room. Officers learned a female employee was sexually assaulted and a man stabbed during the crime.