14 hostages freed from Nordstom store

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WESTCHESTER, Calif.  — Police were searching Friday for two armed robbers after a terrifying overnight hostage situation at a Nordstrom Rack in Westchester.

Nordstrom RobberyIt started shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, as employees were closing the store for the night.

The husband or boyfriend of a woman who works at the store called 911, reporting that she had called him in a panic, saying there were two men with guns inside the store.

SWAT officers surrounded the shopping center and closed off the area. After a couple hours, theyentered the story and found 14 hostages inside — 13 women and one man. One female hostage was sexually assaulted and another was stabbed, Los Angeles police said Friday.

The woman who was stabbed was struck in the neck and her injuries were not life threatening, police said. Another hostage was pistol-whipped, authorities said.

Police did not say exactly how long the suspects were in the Nordstrom Rack before they fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police early Friday were trying to confirm that the getaway car was found at a nearby location.

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