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Woman Killed in Robbery at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island

NEWPORT BEACH (CNS) – A 69-year-old woman was killed in an apparently failed robbery attempt at the upscale Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach Tuesday, and three suspects were ultimately taken into custody.

According to Newport Beach Police Department Sgt. Steve Oberon, a husband and wife were walking outside the mall near the Barnes & Noble store around 3:30 p.m. when they were approached by two male suspects who attempted to rob them. A “struggle” ensued, during which the woman was dragged into the parking lot area, where she was subsequently run over by the suspects’ white Toyota Camry, Oberon said.

One of the suspects fled the scene on foot and fired several shots while fleeing, but nobody was struck, Oberon said. The remaining suspects drove off in the Camry.

Those two suspects led authorities on a chase that led to South Gate in Los Angeles County. The driver eventually pulled into a neighborhood and both suspects tried to run away, but both were taken into custody, Oberon said.

The third suspect was also arrested, possibly in Cypress, Oberon said.

The name of the woman who died was not immediately released. Oberon said her husband was not believed to have been injured.

Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill lashed out at the suspects, calling them “creeps” and decrying the “stunning, staggering” attack.

“Newport Beach is a safe community and we’re mourning the loss of someone,” he said. “Frankly, to hell with these guys. … These are thugs. Every community is now dealing with this. We have to do better as a society. We cannot tolerate this.”

O’Neill praised law enforcement for collaring the three male suspects, but he said, “None of that brings her back.”

O’Neill emphasized that the mall’s owners have “phenomenal security” and that it is a safe place for shoppers.

“Frankly, I would have no problem coming back here with my family,” the mayor said.

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