Police believe robberies in Alhambra, Monterey Park connected

Two men were robbed at gunpoint early Friday in Monterey Park and Alhambra, and officials suspect the same robber is responsible.
The first robbery was reported about 5:45 a.m. in the 2300 block of Hathaway Avenue in Alhambra, Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said.
A man was walking on the sidewalk when a white pickup truck, possibly a Toyota or Nissan approached, the lieutenant said.
A passenger got out of the truck, pointed a rifle at the victim and demanded money, he said.
The victim complied, and the robber got back into the truck with the driver and drove off, Rodriguez said. No description of the driver was available.
The gunman was described as a Latino man in his 20s with a small mustache, wearing a beanie, a black jacket and dark-colored jeans, police said.
Less than 30 minutes later, a man was parking his car in the 1400 block of Ridgecrest Street in Monterey Park when he was also robbed, Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said.
A robber described as a Latino man in his 20s, wearing a gray and black shirt and blue jeans approached him with what was described as a black, Uzi-type handgun and demanded property, Mazelin said.
He stole cash, a purse that was inside the car, jewelry and other items before fleeing in a white pickup truck with a waiting driver, she said.
Because of similar suspect descriptions, as well as the close proximity and time frame in which the robberies occurred, investigators believe the robberies are connected, Rodriguez and Mazelin said.

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