Beverly Hills: Siege on Rodeo Drive

Siege on Rodeo Drive

As a shopping district so hoity-toity that some stores have unlisted telephone numbers, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills seldom suffers life's gritty turns. But last week terror exploded in that swank precinct. It came in the form of a respectably dressed young man who buzzed his way into the exclusive Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry store, drew a revolver and announced a robbery. When police arrived almost immediately, the gunman took five people hostage. Protected by the store's bulletproof doors and windows, he killed two hostages: Saleswoman Ann Heilperin, 40, shot in the head, and Security Guard William Smith, 54, stabbed...

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