PASADENA >> A masked man robbed a Pasadena fast food worker at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon as she left the store to deposit the business’ earnings, police said.
The heist unfolded about 4:30 p.m. when a 26-year-old employee of Del Taco, 3566 E. Foothill Blvd., left the store with a deposit envelope filled with cash in order to make the a bank deposit, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The employee entered her car with a cash deposit in-hand, at which point the suspect approached her vehicle and demanded the loss at gunpoint,” Luna said.
Police said the victim handed over the deposit bag, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.
He was last seen fleeing the area on a motorcycle.
The robber wore a mask and all-dark clothing, Luna said. He was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
AZUSA >> Police are seeking a man armed with a handgun robbed an Azusa 7-Eleven store early Wednesday morning, officials said.
The crime took place about 1:45 a.m. at the convenience store, 803 E. Arrow Highway, near Lark Ellen Avenue, Azusa police Detective Seth Chapman said in a written statement.
A man entered the store and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register, the detective said.
“When the cashier refused, the suspect removed a black semi-automatic handgun from his front waistband and showed it to the cashier,” Chapman said. “Fearing for his life, the cashier turned over the money from the cash register to the suspect. The suspect proceeded to flee the store eastbound.”
The clerk suffered no injuries, he said.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man between 18 and 21 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 145 pounds,, wearing a black zippered hooded sweatshirt, light colored pants and skateboarding-style shoes.
Police released surveillance camera images of the suspect in hopes of generating tips from the public as to his identity, officials said.
Anyone with information can reach Detective Chapman at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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LA HABRA >> Police are seeking a man who robbed another man at gunpoint in the parking lot of a La Habra shopping center late Saturday, officials said.
The crime unfolded shortly after 7 p.m. as the victim was walking through a parking lot of a shopping center in the 900 block of Harbor Boulevard, just north of Whittier Boulevard, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
The robber approached the victim, brandished a handgun and demanded money, the sergeant said. The gunman then patted the victim down and grabbed about $200 in cash and a cell phone from his pocket.
Baylos said the robber was last seen getting in to a pickup truck, possibly a black Ford Ranger, which sped off.
Police described the robber as a Latino man, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with long hair and wearing a hooded sweat shirt.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300.
LA MIRADA >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of a 45-year-old La Habra man who was fatally shot by SWAT deputies following a 3-and-a-half-hour standoff at a La Mirada gas station early Tuesday morning.
Mark Daniel Sly died at the scene of the deputy-involved shooting, which took place just before 1 a.m. at the ampm convenience store and ARCO gas station at 13550 S. Beach Blvd., Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said.
He fired at deputies at least twice during the standoff, which began with a report of a robbery in progress at the business, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies responding to the robbery encountered Sly, who matched the suspect description, standing at the front door of the convenience store armed with a handgun, Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Sly refused commands to drop his gun and surrender, and deputies summoned a SWAT team and a crisis negotiation team to the scene.
At one point during the hours-long standoff, the suspect fired at deputies through a front window of the business, Rodriguez said.
A deputy returned fire through a window, but it was unclear of Sly was wounded in that exchange.
Sly exited the store with a handgun and again fired on SWAT deputies at 12:55 a.m., officials said. Deputies fired back, fatally wounding Sly.
The investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ARCADIA >> Two men were robbed in separate incidents as both were leaving the same house party in Arcadia late Saturday, police said.
The first robbery unfolded about 10:10 p.m. in the 1600 block of Old Oak Lane, Arcadia police Lt. Tom Cullen said.
An 18-year-old man was leaving the party when he bumped into another man, Cullen said. The man punched the victim, knocking him to the floor, before he and five accomplices grabbed his wallet from his pants.
The victim suffered apparently minor injuries, he said.
One of the robbers was described as a Latino man between 18 and 20, of medium build, with short hair, wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, the lieutenant said. He was accompanied by five other young men.
About 20 minutes later, a 20-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint just around the corner in the 1600 block of Rodeo Road as he was leaving the same house party, officials said.
A robber approached the man, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded property, Cullen said. He fled with the victim’s cell phone and car keys. No injuries were reported.
Police described the armed robber as a black man in his mid-20s, of thin build, with short curly hair and no facial hair, wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket.
Anyone with information on either crime can reach Arcadia police at 626-574-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Two men robbed a man and women of their digital cameras at gunpoint along a forest road north of Azusa late Thursday, officials said.
The victims flagged down a deputy to seek help following the crime, which took place about 7:20 p.m. near mile marker 19.75 of San Gabriel Canyon Road.
They were sitting in their car when two suspects approached and demanded their property, the sergeant said. One of the robbers brandished a black handgun, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Louie Serrano said.
Serrano said the victims turned over a wallet and some camera equipment. The robbers got into a light blue, four-door Honda sedan with an unknown license plate and headed south down San Gabriel Canyon Road. They shouted out what was believed to be the name of a street gang as they fled.
Deputies described the robbers as two Latino men in their early-20s, both about 5 feet 6 inches tall. One was about 120 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and black gloves. The other was about 130 pounds, wearing a blue-and-gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
At least five additional robberies, including one in which a victim was shot, have been reported along the scenic mountain roads just north of the San Gabriel Valley in recent months.
• A man was robbed and shot in the leg about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 along East Fork Road
• A man and woman sitting in a parked car were robbed by two men who claimed to be armed about 10 p.m. on Nov. 2 at mile marker 19 of San Gabriel Canyon Road
• A woman taking photographs from the roadside was beaten and robbed by two men about 11 a.m. on May 28 near mile marker 19 of San Gabriel Canyon Road
• Two men armed with a shotgun robbed a man and woman as they sat in a vehicle near mile marker 23 of San Gabriel Canyon Road about 3:30 a.m. on April 15.
• Two good Samaritans who stopped to check on a vehicle in a ditch were robbed by two men with handguns about 12:10 a.m. on April 11
Additionally, deputies arrested two suspects who allegedly donned masks and brandished weapons as they terrorized a couple parked along Glendora Mountain Road about 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 30. No property was stolen in the incident, which was believed to have been a prank filmed for the purpose of posting on the internet.
The robberies on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 were believed to be linked, sheriff’s officials said. It was unclear if any of the other robberies were also connected.
Anyone with information on any of the crimes an reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> Police arrested two teenage would-be robbery after they tried to steal cough syrup from two Pasadena pharmacies on Wednesday, but were foiled when the employees they tried to rob could no understand the slang they used, officials said.
The suspects, a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, both from Altadena, were arrested as they tried to flee the scene of the failed robberies on a Pasadena Transit bus, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Police first received a report about 11:34 a.m. that a teen had just tried, but failed, to commit a knifepoint robbery at a pharmacy in the 900 block of East Green Street , the lieutenant said.
The older boy entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded “the lean,” Luna said.
The teen was apparently demanding codeine-based cough syrup, but using a slang term the employee did not understand.
“When the employee did not understand what he was asking for, he left the store, slashing a paper sign as he left,” Luna said. The 14-year-old boy waited outside the store during the attempted robbery.
The young would-be robber and his accomplice then went across the street and tried the same thing at another pharmacy, police said.
The older boy brandished a knife as he again demanded, “the lean,” and advanced on employees, Luna said. An employee told the knife-wielding youngster that he did not understand what he was asking for, but to take whatever he wanted. Both teens fled from the store empty-handed.
A witness told arriving officers that the boys had gotten on a Pasadena Transit bus, Luna said. Police soon stopped the bus and arrested the two boys without a struggle. The knife believed to have been used in the crime was recovered.
MONROVIA >> Two men robbed another man at gunpoint as he walked down an alley in Old Town Monrovia on Friday night, police said.
The victim parked his car near Lime Avenue and Canyon Boulevard about 10:45 p.m. and began walking west along an alley parallel to Lime Avenue, toward Myrtle Avenue, to meet some friends in Old Town Monrovia, Monrovia police Lt. Heath Harvey said.
As he neared Ivy Avenue, he was approached in the alley by two men, the lieutenant said.
One of the men brandished a handgun as they robbed the victim of his wallet, cell phone and other personal items, Harvey said. The victim was unhurt.
A detailed suspect description was not available, as both suspect’s faces were concealed behind the hoods of their jackets, according to Harvey. No getaway car was seen.
Anyone with information can reach the Monrovia Police Department at 626-256-8000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ARCADIA >> A man armed with a handgun robbed an Arcadia convenience store early Friday morning, police said.
The crime unfolded about 1:25 a.m. at 7-Eleven, 1003 South Baldwin Ave., at Fairview Avenue, Arcadia police Sgt. James Trabbie said.
A Latino man in his 20s wearing a black baseball cap and a black hooded sweatshirt entered the store and brandished a semi-automatic handgun, the sergeant said.
The robber demanded cash from the register, and the clerk complied, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash, he said.
No injuries were reported. The robber was last seen running from the store on foot.
Anyone with information can reach Arcadia police at 626-574-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SOUTH WHITTIER >> Two men carried out an armed robbery at a Mexican bakery in South Whittier late Friday, officials said.
The crime unfolded about 7 p.m. when two robbers walked in to Panaderia La Mexicana, 14151 Leffingwell Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robin Limon said.
One of the men brandished a silver handgun as the suspects demanded money from the lone employee, the lieutenant said.
The victim turned over about $200, and the robbers were last seen fleeing west through the parking lot on foot, she said. No injuries were reported.
Deputies described the robbers as two Latino man, both between 20 and 25 years old. One wore a blue shirt, while the other wore a gray shirt.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.