ROSEMEAD – A man dressed all in black with a bandana covering part of his face robbed a gas station at gunpoint of about $500 Wednesday night.
Sgt. Mark Skaggs of the sheriff’s Temple Station said no one was injured during the 10:20 p.m. robbery at the Mobil gas station, 939 San Gabriel Blvd.
Skaggs said the robber entered the gas station and demanded money. The culprit took the cash then ran through the parking lot and out of view.
The suspect was described as black man in his 30s, 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds. He carried a semiautomatic handgun.
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WHITTIER — A transient accused of attempted murder for badly beating another transient with a wooden board Tuesday is also suspected of a carjacking the previous day, along with two women, authorities said.
Roderick Castro, 30, was initially booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following his arrest on the Greenway Trail just after 7:15 a.m., Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said. But the booking charge was later upgraded to attempted murder, and he is also now accused of a Sunday carjacking as well.
The attack took place about 10 a.m. at an abandoned building in the 12500 block of Whittier Boulevard, police said. Officers responded to a report from a female friend of the victim, who called for help from a nearby pharmacy.
Officers found the injured man, 53, “bleeding profusely from his head,” Whittier police officials said in a written statement. The suspect — later identified as Castro — had already fled the scene.
“Paramedics arrived and discovered serious head trauma and a possible puncture wound to the back of the victim’s left thigh,” according to the police statement. He was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.
A motive in the attack was not clear.
But police allege Monday’s attack was not Castro’s first felony of the week. He was first jailed on suspicion of a Sunday night carjacking at Hadley Street and Newlin Avenue before being connected to the attempted slaying.
A 50-year-old transient reported he had been talking with a man and two women when they got into an argument, and the three suspects took his 2004 Ford Expedition by force, Dean said. Though he was acquainted with the suspects, he could not provide police with their names.
The stolen SUV was soon found abandoned nearby, police added.
The carjacking victim Monday spotted one of the women involved in the carjacking at Kennedy Park and called police, who arrested her, according to the police statement. Follow up investigation led to the arrest of the other two suspects Tuesday.
“During the arrest of the other two suspects, detectives were able to connect the male suspect in the carjacking as the suspect in the attempt homicide,” according to the police statement.
Arrested along with Castro were April Montoya, 35, and Nicole Martin, 22, officials said. All were described as transients known to frequent the Whittier area.
Castro was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance due to a pre-existing warrant, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Montoya and Nicle, both arrested on suspicion of carjacking, were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances.
BALDWIN PARK — A man lost his wallet to an armed robber late Friday in a residential neighborhood, authorities said.
The victim was walking in the area of Syracuse Avenue and Royston Street about 11:30 p.m. when he was approached by another man who brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Darryl Kosaka said.
The victim complied and handed over his wallet, which contained about $25, the lieutenant said.
The robber was described as a Latino man between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, Kosaka said. He was last seen getting into a white car.
PASADENA — Three men robbed and carjacked a man after rear-ending his vehicle late Monday, authorities said.
The crime lasted about half an hour and began about 11:45 p.m. Monday on Del Mar and San Gabriel Boulevards, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
“The suspects rear-end the victim,” he said. “The victim gets out of the car to check the damage. They basically overpower him.”
Delagado said the three attackers stole the man’s wallet and other items, then drove him about a quarter-mile to the west and dropped him off at Del Mar Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue. They continued fleeing in his car, which was later found abandoned.
The victim, a 40-year-old San Gabriel man, was examined at a hospital but suffered no serious injuries, the lieutenant said. He was initially only able to described his attackers as male.
WEST COVINA — A man who robbed a Denny’s restaurant at knifepoint Sunday was found and arrested while trying to blend in with the crowd at a nearby motel swimming pool, authorities said.
The robbery was reported about 12:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 132 N. Grand Ave., West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The suspect brandished a knife as he demanded cash from the register, the lieutenant said. He fled with an undetermined amount of cash, but was spotted entering a nearby Best Western motel.
“He was followed by a witness to the crime, who alerted West Covina police,” Patton said. Officers set up a search perimeter.
“After an extensive search, the suspect was located trying to blend in with a crowd of people at the pool,” he said. The man was arrested without a struggle.
The suspect’s name was not immediately available pending booking.
Police Wednesday arrested a man and woman from Ontario in connection with the armed robbery of a woman in the parking lot of a Glendora Sam’s Club store earlier this week, officials said.
James Reveles, 28, and his girlfriend Brittney Sloan, 26, were booked on suspicion of robbery following their arrest late Wednesday at an apartment complex near Haven Avenue and Riverside Drive in Ontario, according to Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers.
They’re accused of robbing a woman Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Sam’s Club, at Gladstone Street and Lone Hill Avenue, police said.
A 68-year-old woman had just finished shopping and was walking through the store’s parking lot when she was approached by a man, Summers said.
“The suspect demanded her purse and produced a firearm, and when she refused to turn it over, forcible ripped it off her arm,” the lieutenant said.
The robber fled into a waiting getaway car, he added. “An alert witness heard the victim screaming and was able to obtain the license plate of the suspect vehicle.”
Detectives found the black Acura sedan involved in the robbery Wednesday night at the Ontario apartment complex, officials said. Police watched until they saw a man who matched the description of the robber get into the car, at which point they arrested him.
Sloan, the registered owner of the car, was found and arrested at a nearby apartment complex, Summers said.
“Detectives recovered a handgun and some of the victim’s credic cards from a hidden compartment in the suspect vehicle,” he said.
According to county booking records, Reveles was being held in lieu of $215,000 bail, while Sloan was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Both were scheduled to be arraigned Friday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHTOOS of James Reveles and Brittney Sloan courtesy of the Glendora Police Department.
GLENDORA — A woman lost her purse to an armed robber Saturday in a store parking lot Saturday afternoon, police said.
The woman was walking through the parking lot outside of Sam’s Club, at Lone Hill Avenue and Gladstone Street, when whe was approached by a man armed with a handgun, Glendora police Lt. Scott Strong said.
The man first demanded the woman’s purse, but when she refused to hand it over, he grabbed it from her, the sergeant said. The woman was not hurt.
The suspect, initially described only as a white man between 20 and 25 years old, fled the scene in a black Acura, police said.
SOUTH EL MONTE — Two men with a shotgun robbed a Durfee Avenue bakery early Sunday, authorities said.
The robbers entered Daisy’s Bakery, 1611 Durfee Ave., about 5:30 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jorge Marchena said.
One of the men brandished a shotgun as they demanded cash from a female worker, according to the sergeant.
The woman handed over about $250, and the robbers were last seen fleeing west from the bakery on foot, he said. The employee was not hurt.
A detailed description of the robbers was not available.
PASADENA — A man claiming to have a gun robbed a pizza delivery man of several pizzas late Friday, police said.
The crime took place just before 9:30 p.m. at Colorado Blvd. and Bonnie Avenue, just outside the zpizza store where the delivery driver was working, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Police described the robber as a Latino man between 25 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and of heavy build. He had a square or rectangular tattoo on his right forearm, and wore a gray T-shirt and plaid shorts.
He claimed to be armed with a handgun, though the delivery man did not see a weapon, Clawson said.
The robber stole several pizzas and was last seen running west on Colorado Boulevard, he added. Police searched the area, however the robber was not found.
BALDWIN PARK — Two attackers severely beat a motorist with a metal pipe during a robbery attempt earlier this week after persuading him to pull over by telling him his car had a flat tire, authorities said.
The crime took place about 5 p.m. Wednesday at Merced and Vineland avenues, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Chris Hofford said.
A 47-year-old Covina man was driving when two men on bicycles shouted to him that his car had a flat tire, the sergeant said.
“He stops and gets out to examine his tire, and is his in the head with a metal pipe,” he said. The attackers also broke one of the man’s arms and one of his legs with blows from the pipe.
The attackers then demanded money from the injured victim, Hofford said. When he told them he had none, they fled empty-handed.
Hofford said the victim drove himself home before reporting the attack to police and receiving treatment at a hospital.
Police described both attackers as Latino men between 20 and 25 years old. The pipe-wielding man was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of medium build, and wore a red shirt and blue pants. The other attacker was about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of medium build and wearing a dark-colored shirt.
Anyone with information can reach the Baldwin Park Police Department at 626-960-1955.