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Phoenix women held hostage as armed suspect hides from police

Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 28, 2018

An 18-year-old man faces several charges after he's accused of holding two women in Phoenix against their will as he hid from police. 

According to court paperwork obtained by ABC15, on the morning of November 21, Emmanuel Lou and two juvenile suspects went to an apartment complex near 40th Street and McDowell Road where they committed armed robbery and kidnapping. 

The trio reportedly made off with backpacks containing marijuana belonging to the occupants of the apartment. 

As the suspects were fleeing the apartment complex in a pickup truck, they struck another vehicle in the area of 41st and Belleview streets. 

Following the collision, the trio reportedly fled from the scene and hopped the fence into a nearby backyard. 

As Phoenix police officers arrived, they were given information on three suspects who were armed with handguns and had run from the scene, according to court paperwork. 

During an initial search, officers located two Glock semiautomatic handguns in the backyard the trio had entered.

At that time, both juvenile suspects were found hiding underneath the covered patio at a nearby home and were taken into custody. 

Shortly after, two women from a neighboring home told officers that Lou had entered their home through a back door. 

According to court paperwork, after Lou went inside, he threw the women down on the floor and held them hostage until officers had left the area. 

Police say Lou asked for clothing from the women, to try to hide from police. He also asked for the keys to their vehicle. 

After Lou was shown the keys, he tried to start the car but kept stalling. Court documents say he didn't know how to operate a stick shift. 

Lou then reportedly tried to get back in but the victims had locked the door, and he eventually fled on foot. 

Officers ultimately weren't able to locate Lou, but during interviews with the juvenile suspects, they both identified him as the outstanding suspect. 

On Monday, detectives, and officers from the special assignments unit took Lou into custody in the area of Central Avenue and Roeser Road. 

Lou reportedly told police, "that he was scared and did a stupid thing." He faces multiple charges including armed robbery, kidnapping, and misconduct involving weapons.