Azusa police handle robbery, attempted robbery

Azusa police kept busy Monday dealing with a failed robbery at a store, as well as a successful purse-snatching in the parking lot of APU:

AZUSA — An armed man wearing a ski mask got away with nothing on Monday when he suddenly fled from a store before the clerk handed over the money.
Officers didn’t know what caused the robber to change his mind.
The robbery occurred at 7:55 p.m. when a man with a handgun entered the Radio Shack at 390 North Citrus Ave.
Azusa police Sgt. Xavier Torres said the suspect demanded cash.
As the clerk was about to give the money, Torres said the robber got spooked for unknown reasons, threatened to shoot the employee and ran.
The suspect was described as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds and wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask.

AZUSA — A college student was robbed of her purse Monday by a man in a pickup truck.
The incident was reported at 6:53 p.m.
Azusa Sgt. Xavier Torres said the woman was in one of the parking lots at Azusa Pacific University in the 900 block of East Alosta Avenue when a pickup truck drove past her.
The driver parked, got out, headed for the woman and grabbed her purse.
Torres said there was a brief tug of war over the purse before the suspect ran off with it.
As the suspect was heading back to Alosta Avenue, he nearly ran over two witnesses. The pickup truck was last seen on Citrus Avenue.
Torres said no one was injured.
The driver was described as a Latino or white man in his late 20s, 6 feet tall, 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He wore glasses and a dark-colored baseball cap.
He had a passenger but there was no description given for this suspect.
The suspects left in a mid ’90s white Chevrolet pickup truck with an extended cab.

- From Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales

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