VALINDA >> A gunman with tattooed shins robbed a group of teenagers of their cell phones at gunpoint in a residential neighborhood in Valinda on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place shortly after 1 p.m. as three boys in their late teens were walking in the area of Caldwell Street and Echelon Avenue in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Gina Eguia said.
A robber approached the young men, brandished a black-and-green semi-automatic handgun and demanded their cell phones, the sergeant said.
Two of the boys handed over their phones, and the robber was last seen running east along Caldwell Avenue, she said. No injuries were reported.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man of about 20 years old, of thin build, with brown hair and brown eyes and tattoos on both of his shins, Eguia said. He wore a gray shirt and fray basketball shorts.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.