Moviegoers live-tweet hostage situation at Los Angeles mall

http://twitter.com/#!/Simisim04/status/289666219869630464

The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in Westchester, Los Angeles is on lockdown today as police respond to reports of a late-night armed robbery and hostage situation at Nordstrom Rack. A SWAT team is on the scene and people at a nearby Rave Cinemas are not allowed to leave during the standoff.

is stuck in the locked-down Rave Cinemas while LAPD SWAT conducts an action at the Howard Hughes Center…

— Eric Mark (@EgcM) January 11, 2013

Swat team stopped our movie and put the whole mall on lockdown becau @ The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center instagr.am/p/UVo8yyEINE/

— Andrew Dayrit (@andrewdayrit) January 11, 2013

Rave cinemas keeping patrons in to watch zero dark thirty and gangster squad. Nice of them but definitely ironic – cops or terrorists?

— Jack Sheehan (@jackjsheehan) January 11, 2013

There may be 200 people inside the movie theaters.

WCHESTER: LAPD may leave 200 ppl inside movie theaters. Don’t want 200 folks caught in any crossfire. #Hostage #NRack

— @LAScanner (@LAScanner) January 11, 2013

One Twitter user says he is with the mother of an employee being held hostage at Nordstrom Rack:

@pamelachelin employee her mother is waiting

— Dominic O(@MomCallsMeDom) January 11, 2013

@pamelachelin employee her mother is waiting

— Dominic O(@MomCallsMeDom) January 11, 2013

@pamelachelin hostage mom siting next to us devastated an we tried to calm her down me @og_spoon and @moecrazy59 went to her

— Dominic O(@MomCallsMeDom) January 11, 2013

Reports from others on the scene:

Gangster Squad was really good!!! They still won’t let us leave though, so they’re going to play Django for us now…..

— Andrew Dayrit (@andrewdayrit) January 11, 2013

@richardrushfield Went to leave and the employees told us the promenade is on lock down and no one could leave. Aftr that they spilt us up

— Simeon Campbell (@Simisim04) January 11, 2013

@pattipms57 No they close at 10pm. They came in after they where closed. We are still on lock down.

— Simeon Campbell (@Simisim04) January 11, 2013

@pamelachelin Yes we want to get out! They won’t let us!

— Simeon Campbell (@Simisim04) January 11, 2013

@buzzfeedent Seeing big flashing lights like an explosion. It stopped now so hope they got in !

— Simeon Campbell (@Simisim04) January 11, 2013

@pamelachelin explosion just went off

— Dominic O(@MomCallsMeDom) January 11, 2013

This moviegoer appears to have made it out of the theater before the lockdown.

Our Movie stopped at theater in building next to nordstroms hostage situation. We ran through exit. Safe now

— Bonn Lahouti (@blahouti) January 11, 2013

bomb squad and special tactics unit here. They just rolled out the bomb robot. Over 14 heavily armed police left the building 5 min ago

— Bonn Lahouti (@blahouti) January 11, 2013

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as more information becomes available.

Update:

Unconfirmed reports indicate 14 hostages have been rescued and no arrests have been made.

LAPD Media Relations update on the Nordstrom Rack hostage situation at Howard Hughes Pkwy. 14 hostages rescued. No arrests #GoodDealsBadGuys

— Russell Stevens (@RussellCStevens) January 11, 2013

LAPD giving statement to media regarding 14 employees held and recovered at hostage site at Nordstrom Rack

— Venice 311 (@Venice311) January 11, 2013

Update:

#UPDATE #NORDSTROMRACK hostages are safe #LAPD is actively searching for suspects. Watch @ktlamorningnews starting right now for the latest!

— KTLA NEWS DESK (@KTLAnewsdesk) January 11, 2013

LAPD not releasing anyone or any officers, they have a second crime location they are working up at the moment.

— Venice 311 (@Venice311) January 11, 2013

Update:

The theater lockdown is still in effect:

@manolocontrabaj They just told us that they are looking for them which tells me they really caught them! This is the 5th hour + on Lock!

— Simeon Campbell (@Simisim04) January 11, 2013

Audience stuck inside Rave Cinema are being told they’ll be able to leave in 30 min.

— Tessa Stuart (@tessaestuart) January 11, 2013

The latest details on the incident:

Just got off phone w/Lieutenant in charge of Media Relations. Andy Neiman. He said there were 14 hostages, 13 females & 1 male.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

Lieutenant Andy Neiman says it appears, for now, all hostages are store employees.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

Lieutenant Andy Neiman says that police got the call at around 10pm that 2 armed suspects came into the store.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

Lieutenant Andy Neiman says the boyfriend or husband of one of the employees called police after his wife/girlfriend called him to call 911.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

Lieutenant Andy Neiman says the hostages are being interviewed by investigators.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

Lieutenant Andy Neiman says he does not have any reports of any injuries.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

Lieutenant Andy Neiman says investigation is ongoing as suspects have not been located.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

People at the theater are being released.

Lieutenant Andy Neiman says people on site are being released – those being held at movie theater, parking lot, etc.

— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 11, 2013

@pamelachelin They just told us that LAPD is going to come in a escort people to their cars! Thank You !

— Simeon Campbell (@Simisim04) January 11, 2013

The latest on injuries: One hostage was reportedly stabbed and another was sexually assaulted.

Police now say one hostage at the Nordstrom Rack in Westchester was stabbed and another was sexually assaulted

— KFI NEWS (@KFINEWS) January 11, 2013

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