2 arrested for alleged robbery at Westfield Topanga mall after initial report of shooting

ByLeanne Suter and ABC7.com staff KABC logo
Monday, August 26, 2019
2 suspects arrested for robbery at Canoga Park mall
Shoppers fled the Westfield Topanga mall Sunday afternoon after reports of a possible shooting, police said.

CANOGA PARK, LOS ANGELES -- Two suspects were arrested for alleged robbery after reports of a possible shooting at the Westfield Topanga mall, police said.

Chaos ensued as shoppers fled the mall in Canoga Park Sunday at around 3:30 p.m. when shoppers thought they heard shots fired inside the mall. Officers initially responded to a shooting call, but it was later determined that there had been a smash-and-grab robbery at Neiman Marcus.

"It sounded like a shooting to be honest. It sounded scary. Everyone at Cheesecake (Factory) started running away from the doors," said Ossirys Martinez.

Video showed shoppers running for safety, while others hid in restrooms and stores.

Officers conducted a search of the premises and said there was no evidence of a shooting. Officers remained on scene to clear the mall.

There were no reports of any injuries.