During a high-speed chase, alleged bank robbers threw handfuls of money out their vehicle's window, before police caught two armed suspects in front of several hundred bystanders on Wednesday.
The high-speed pursuit through Los Angeles County began after four men robbed a Bank of America about 10 a.m. in the Canyon County section of Santa Clarita.
Throughout the chase, the suspects tossed money out the vehicle's back window more than a dozen times.
TV helicopters trailed the suspects and recorded this unusual act. It appeared that the suspects intended to lure people into the street to block the pursuing police cars, said Andrew Smith, a Police Department spokesman.
"A lot of people came out their houses, they saw this on TV, they saw that money was being thrown," Smith told NBC 4.
The chase screeched to a halt when traffic blocked the suspects about 80 minutes into the chase in South Los Angeles, reported NBC 7.
A pickup truck emerged from a side street and blocked their path. It is unknown if the driver did this intentionally to thwart the suspects, reports The Associated Press.
Officers arrested the suspects before a large crowd of several hundred people — a dangerous moment for the spectators because the suspects were armed.
No injured have been reported concerning the robbery. One officer's foot was run over during the incident but he is expected to recover.
Authorities are still searching for two men who escaped from the black Volvo SUV, while it was on the 210 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, according to Capt. Mike Parker.