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14 LA store hostages freed after violence

Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Two armed robbers took 14 people hostage at a Los Angeles department store, stabbed and wounded one of them and sexually assaulted another, police said.

A third person was pistol-whipped before the hostages were freed at the Nordstrom Rack clothing store at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in the West Chester section, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The gunmen fled with an undetermined amount of money, investigators said.

The stabbed woman's injuries were not life-threatening, the Times report said.

Police said the robbers took the hostages, all employees of the store, and forced them into a storage room. The hostages were freed about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

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