Men rob woman in Pasadena after asking for directions


PASADENA >> A young woman who offered strangers travel directions ended up getting robbed in return for kindness in Pasadena on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place about 5:25 p.m. in the 100 block of South Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
An 18-year-old woman was walking down the sidewalk when a light-colored, two-door car pulled up alongside her, Goodman said. Two men inside asked for directions to Pasadena City College.
Goodman said the woman offered to help them by looking up directions on her smartphone.
She handed the phone to the passenger so he could see the screen, he said. The passenger grabbed the phone, and also grabbed onto a backpack the victim was wearing.
The woman struggled with the robber and managed to hang on to her backpack, but fell to the ground in the process, the lieutenant said. She suffered an abrasion to her hip but required no medical treatment.
The two robbers sped away with the woman’s cell phone.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Gunman sought in Pasadena robbery


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man lost his cash and cell phone to an armed robber early Friday, police said.
The crime took place about 1:15 a.m. at Catalina Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The robber approached the victim as he walked down the street and brandished a handgun, according to the lieutenant said.
“The suspect demanded the victim’s cash and cell phone,” he said. “After committing the theft, the suspect fled in a dark-colored SUV north on Catalina Avenue, out of sight.”
Police described the robber as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, with short black hair. He wore dark clothing.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Pizza delivery driver robbed, kidnapped in Hacienda Heights


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A gunman robbed and kidnapped pizza delivery driver late Tuesday, deputies said.
The crime unfolded just after 7:15 p.m. after the delivery man dropped off an order in the 1500 block of Fieldgate Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Infante said.
A man approached the driver while brandishing a black, semi-automatic handgun, the lieutenant said.
He demanded the delivery man’s money, obtaining about $75, he said. He then ordered the delivery driver to give him a ride.
The gunman fled on foot after being driven to the area of Gale and Farmstead avenues in neighboring Industry, Infante said.
He was described as a Latino man between 22 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, 140 to 150 pounds, with a shaved head.
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.

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Man robs woman inside restroom at Paseo Colorado mall in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who followed a woman into a restroom and robbed her at the Paseo Colorado shopping mall in Pasadena on Saturday afternoon.
The crime took place just before 2:10 p.m. at the mall, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 37-year-old woman went into a women’s restroom at the mall when the robber followed her in and confronted her inside, he said.
“The suspect demanded the victim’s purse,” he said. “The victim ran out of the restroom and was followed by the suspect, who picked up the victim’s purse which was left behind when she exited the restroom.”
A good Samaritan confronted the robber outside of the bathroom and dropped the woman’s purse, “but only after removing the victim’s cell phone,” according to the lieutenant. The robber fled and food and was not found.
Police described the robber as a black man between 30 and 35 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, bald, wearing all-black clothing.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Duo sought in string of three robberies in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two men with a handgun went on a robbery spree in Pasadena late Thursday, mugging three people in just over about 30 minutes, authorities said.
The crimes were reported between 10:20 p.m. and 10:54 p.m. in residential neighborhoods north of the 210 Freeway, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
In all three cases, the robbers approached their victims in a black SUV, he said. One of the robbers brandished a handgun and demanded property while his accomplice gathered the victim’s money and cell phones.
The due robbed a 26-year-old woman at 10:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Mar Vista Avenue; a 46-year-old man at 10:52 p.m. in the 600 block of Mar Vista Street; and a 30-year-old man at 10:54 p.m. in the 400 block of N. Euclid Avenue, Goodman said.
All three victims were Pasadena residents, he said. No injuries were reported.
The robbers were described as two black men of thin build, wearing all-dark clothing. “One was in his 20s, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and carried a handgun. The second robber was about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Six suspects jailed in San Gabriel Valley robbery, carjacking spree

LA PUENTE >> Deputies arrested six suspects in a series of San Gabriel Valley robberies and carjackings after they crashed a just-stolen car in Chino late Tuesday, authorities said.
The incident began just after 9:10 p.m. when a woman was carjacked in front of a home in the 800 block of Greycliff Avenue, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The woman told deputies she had just arrived home when she was confronted by a group of carjackers, “one of whom was armed with a baseball bat,” Navarro-Suarez said in a written statement.
The carjackers threatened to retrieve a handgun if the woman refused to turn over her vehicle, and she complied out of fear for her safety, the deputy said. The group of carjackers then fled in her car.
Deputies spotted the carjacked vehicle moments later in the area of the 60 Freeway and Fullerton Road in Industry, she said. They initially gave chase on the 60 Freeway, but soon cancelled the chase and followed the fleeing vehicle via helicopter only “due to excessive speeds,” Navarro-Suarez said.
The vehicle continued speeding east before ultimately crashing at Euclid and Merrill avenues in Chino. All six suspects ran from the crashed car but were soon apprehended by deputies during a search of the area.
Brian Mendez, a 20 year-old national of El Salvador and Christian Lucero, an 18 year-old national of Honduras, were booked on suspicion of carjacking, officials said. They were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each.
Four juvenile suspects, two boys and two girls, were also arrested and taken to a juvenile hall, Navarro-Suarez said. They were described as nationals of El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras.
While continuing their investigation, deputies noticed a second car parked near the scene of the La Puente carjacking which had been reported stolen in Texas, where all six suspects are believed to live, according to Navarro-Suarez.
“It is believed that the six suspects abandoned the stolen vehicle during the time of the carjacking,” she added.
The stolen car from Texas matched the description of one used in a series of recent robberies in the La Puente and Rowland Heights areas, officials said.
Further details regarding the spate of robberies were not available late Wednesday.
The investigation was ongoing.

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Three Pasadena sandwich shop robberies believed to be linked

PASADENA >> Police sought a suspected serial bandit on Sunday after three Pasadena Subway sandwich shops were robbed in two nights, police said.
Two of the robberies took place Saturday night, and another was reported on Friday night, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“It is believed that the same suspect is possibly responsible for all three robberies,” he said.
A gunman walked into a Subway location in the 2300 block of E. Colorado Boulevard just before 8 p.m., pointed a handgun at a woman working behind the counter and demanded cash, according to the lieutenant. The employee complied, and the robber ran off.
Another robbery unfolded about 40 minutes later at another Subway sandwich shop across town in the 1700 block of E. Washington Boulevard.
The second Saturday night robbery closely mirrored the first, Goodman said. A robber of similar description confronted a female employee while armed with a handgun and demanded money from the cash register before fleeing.
And another Subway sandwich shop robbery took place about 7:50 p.m. on Friday in the 3000 block of Colorado Boulevard.
In all three incidents, police described the robber as a black man between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall, possibly in his 30s and about 220 pounds, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt covering his face.
No getaway car was seen in connection with any of the three crimes, police said.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Gunman robs Pasadena sandwich shop


PASADENA >> A man with a handgun carried out a robbery at a Pasadena Subway sandwich shop on Friday night, authorities said.
The heist took place just before 8 p.m. at the restaurant in the 3000 block of East Colorado Boulevard, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
“The suspect walked into the restaurant with his hood over his head and face, walked up to the register, produced a handgun and demanded money,” he said.
A 22-year-old man working behind the counter complied, and the robber fled from the business with an undisclosed amount of cash, Goodman said.
He was described as a black man in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray pants.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man pistol-whipped, robbed in front of his Pasadena home


PASADENA >> Two men pistol-whipped and robbed a 61-year-old man as he arrived home in Pasadena late Friday, police said.
The attack unfolded about 7:50 p.m. in the 2000 block of Summit Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Two robbers made their move as the victim arrived home and parked his car in his driveway, the lieutenant said.
“The suspects approached the vehicle on either side and pointed handguns at him,” he said.
They then opened the driver side of the door, snatching the victims cell phone, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash that was sitting on the passenger seat, according to the lieutenant.
Both robbers struck the man in the head with their handguns before fleeing in a dark-colored car, Goodman said.
The victim suffered cuts to his head but declined medical treatment, he added.
Police described the robbers as two black men between 19 and 21. One was about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds, while the other was about 5 feet 5 feet 10 inches tall and 140 pounds. Both carried handguns.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Two sought following stun gun attack, robbery of elderly Alhambra woman

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ALHAMBRA >> Authorities released surveillance camera images of a man and woman sought in connection with the stun gun attack and robbery of an elderly woman outside her Alhambra home earlier this month.
The violent, broad-daylight robbery took place about 1 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the 900 block of East Valley Boulevard.
A 72-year-old woman had just arrived home and was getting out of her car when a man approached wearing a hard had and a reflective vest, according to Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson.
“He asked her about an electrical box on the property,” he said. When she turned away from him, the subject (shocked) her with a stun gun on the back of her neck.”
The woman fell, striking her head on the ground, police said. The man stole items from the woman’s purse and ran away.
Paramedics took the injured victim to a hospital, where she received stitches for a laceration to her head, Johnson said.
The robber was not found. He was described as a Latino man in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds.
About an hour after the crime, a man and woman showed up at a Walmart store in Pico Rivera and attempted to use the victim’s debit card, Johnson said. The transaction was blocked, as the card had already been cancelled. But detectives were able to gather surveillance camera images of the man and woman, as well as their white Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Other attempts to use the victim’s credit or debit cards were made elsewhere in the Pico Rivera area, Johnson said.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to contact the Alhambra Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 626-5709-5157. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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PHOTOS courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department

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