Man robbed while using coin-operated car wash in Monrovia

MONROVIA — A gunman robbed a man of his wallet Saturday while he was washing his car at a self-service car wash on Duarte Road, police said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was washing his car shortly before 4 p.m. at a coin-operated car wash in the 400 block of West Duarte Road, Monrovia police Lt. Nells Ortlund said.
The robber displayed a small, black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet and cell phone, Ortlund said.
The victim told the robber he had no cell phone, but handed over his wallet, the lieutenant said.
Police described the robber as a Latino man, possibly in his 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with short black hair.
He wore a black T-shirt with an picture of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara on it, baggy blue jeans and Adidas tennis shoes. He was last seen heading west on Duarte Road.
Police searched the area and notified surrounding police agencies of the crime, however the robber was not found, Ortlund said.
Investigators were checking area surveillance cameras for clues.

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