ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A man armed with a knife barged into a Rowland Heights home and robbed a resident of a small amount of money and marijuana late Wednesday, officials said.
The crime was reported about 10 p.m. at a home in the 17900 block of Calle Los Arboles, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
A man in his 20s has been in contact with the robber via social media prior to the incident, Saleeby said.
The robber arrived with a knife and demanded money from the victim, ultimately fleeing with less than $50 and a “small amount” of marijuana, the lieutenant said.
He was last seen getting into a green Toyota pickup truck with a long-haired driver waiting at the wheel, Saleeby said.
PICO RIVERA >> An armed man robbed a recycling center along Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera Sunday, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:30 a.m. at a recycling kiosk in the 9400 block of Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Gabriel Navarro said.
The robber displayed a handgun in his waistband but never pulled it, the sergeant said.
After robbing the business of cash, he was last seen fleeing east on foot, according to initial reports form the scene.
He was described as a Latino man with the appearance of a gang member, with a tattoo on the side of his neck, between 32 and 35 years old, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, a black baseball cap and baggy jeans. He carried a small revolver.
ARCADIA >> Police are seeking two men believed to have attempted to rob three women of their purses before successfully robbing a fourth woman Friday night.
The first crime took place about 9:40 p.m. in the 200 block of East Huntington Drive, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said in a written statement.
Three women were walking when two would-be robbers grabbed their purses, Flores said.
“A struggle ensued and the victims were able to maintain control of their purses despite one victim being punched in the back of the head and all three victims being pushed to the ground,” she said. The robbers fled in an older-model, four-door sedan.
The women did not require medical treatment, Flores added.
About 10 minutes later and 2-and-a-half miles away, a second purse robber was reported at Sunset Boulevard and Arcadia Avenue, the lieutenant said.
“Officers learned that a female victim was walking in the area and was pushed to the ground by two suspects who stole her handbag and fled in an awaiting vehicle,” she said. The car was described as a four-door vehicle with tinted windows.
“Based on the initial investigation it appears that these two incidents may have been committed by the same suspects,” Flores said.
They were described as Latino or Indian men between 18 and 30 years old, of thin build, with short, dark hair.
Police planned to field extra officers in the area in response to the robberies, Flores said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-570-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> Two armed robberies at a sandwich shop and a tanning salon in Pasadena late Friday may have been the work of the same gunman, police said.
The crimes were reported about 8:20 at a Subway sandwich shop at Orange Grove Boulevard and Lake Avenue, then about 15 minutes later at Sun Works Tanning, just over two miles away at Colorado Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, Pasadena police officials said.
In the Subway robbery, the robber entered the eatery, brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the cash register, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A 23-year-old woman working behind the counter complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, he said. A second employee working at the restaurant was on break and did not witness the crime.
The robber was last seen fleeing through the parking lot on foot, Carrillo said.
A second robbery involving a “very similar” suspect was reported about 8:35 p.m. at the tanning salon, Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber walked into the salon, pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the lone female employee and demanded money from the register, Mercado said. The woman complied, handing over an undetermined amount, and the suspect fled on foot.
In both cases, the robber was described as a Black or Latino man in his 20s or 30s, 5-10 to 6 feet tall, about 180 pounds, unshaven, wearing a dark sweat shirt and dark pants.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the same man is responsible for both heists, Mercado said.
With no getaway car scene in connection with the two crimes, police were also looking into whether the suspect may have used public transportation — such as the Metro Gold Line — to travel between the two businesses.
LOS ANGELES >> A Montebello man accused of chasing down and fatally shooting another man while trying to rob him of a gold necklace appeared in court Thursday, where prosecutors charged him with capital murder, authorities said.
Sean Matthew Garcia, 25, is charged with murder, with the special circumstance that the killing was committed during the course of an attempted robbery, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said. He’s also accused of personally firing the AR-15-style rifle that killed Brian Gomez, 28, of Lynwood.
Gomez was trying to sell a gold necklace for about $2,000 when Gomez answered an online add and arranged to meet in the 1600 block of Neil Armstrong Street Monday afternoon, Montebello police and district attorney’s official said.
Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure described the attack as an “ambush.”
After the men met, Garcia pulled an assault rifle from a nearby bush and firing toward Gomez’s feet, Risling said. Gomez ran.
“When Gomez stopped and reached into his pocket to get the necklace, Garcia allegedly shot and killed the victim,” Risling said.
In addition to the slaying, Gomez is also charged with the robbery of an assault rifle in August, Risling said. Further details on that case were unavailable, and it was unclear if the allegedly stolen rifle was the same one used in Monday’s fatal shooting.
Because of the special circumstance alleged in the case, Garcia could potentially end up on death row if convicted as charged.
“Prosecutors will determine at a later date whether to seek capital punishment,” Risling said.
Garcia entered no plea Monday. His arraignment hearing was postponed to Oct. 22.
PHOTOS: [ABOVE] – Sean Garcia, 25, of Montbello (Courtesy) [BELOW] – Brian Gomez, 28, of Lynwood. (Courtesy)
MONTEBELLO >> A senior citizen suffered serious injuries when she was stabbed during a robbery attempt outside her Montebello home late Friday, police said.
The stabbing took place about 8:20 p.m. in the 600 block of N. Hendricks Street, just north of Beverly Boulevard, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The victim, a woman in her mid-60s, had just arrived home, Montebello police Lt. Michael Bergman said.
“It sounds like she was trying to get in her front door. The attacker approached her,” he said.
The robber initially appeared to be after the woman’s purse, but the crime quickly escalated into a stabbing, Bergman said.
The woman had offered little resistance when the would-be robber, without provocation, stabbed her at least twice in the upper torso with a kitchen-style knife, the lieutenant said. He fled on foot, without obtaining anything from the woman.
The woman was taken to a hospital, Bergman said. “She’s in serious condition.”
A detailed suspect description was not available, police said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ALTADENA >> A man claiming to be delivering medical marijuana for a dispensary was robbed of both cannabis and cash early Thursday in a residential Altadena neighborhood, authorities said.
The crime was reported just before 2 a.m. at Beverly Way and Maiden Lane, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cruz Solis said.
Deputies first responded to the neighborhood after residents reported a man knocking on doors, apparently in some sort of distress, the lieutenant said.
The victim, a 26-year-old Pasadena man, told police he was delivering for a legal medical marijuana dispensary when a man grabbed him, threatened him and robbed him of marijuana, cash and his car keys, Solis said.
They keys turned up in some nearby bushes the following day, he said.
The amount of money and marijuana stolen was not available. A detailed suspect description was not available.
EAST PASADENA >> Deputies arrested a man late Wednesday minutes after he robbed a woman in an unincorporated county area just east of Pasadena, authorities said.
A woman in her 20s was walking at Rosemead Boulevard and Huntington Drive when the suspect approached her and grabbed her purse, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Abi Ben-Sahile said.
“A struggle ensued, where she was able to prevent her purse from being stolen,” the sergeant said.
But the robber managed to snatch the woman’s cell phone from her hand before fleeing, he said.
Responding deputies spotted the suspect just to the north at Rosemead and California boulevards, Ben-Sahile said. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
The suspect’s name was not available pending booking. He was initially described as a transient in his 30s.
Deputies recovered the stolen from the suspect and returned it to the victim, he said.
PASADENA >> A man with a gun robbed a teenage boy of his cell phone Friday afternoon, authorities said
The crime took place about 4:25 p.m. in the 700 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 17-year-old boy passed by a man between 25 and 35 years old who was leaning against the wall of a business, the lieutenant said.
The man confronted the teen and questioned him regarding his gang membership.
Clawson said the victim replied he was not in a gang. The robber then pulled a handgun, ordered the teen to empty his pockets and robbed him of his cell phone.
The robber fled in a burgundy vehicle.
PASADENA >> Two men in a car robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena early Friday, police said.
A 49-year-old Pasadena man was walking in the 900 block of East Colorado Boulevard about 8:20 a.m. when a white, 1990s-model Honda Civic approached from behind, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“The passenger in the vehicle asked for directions. When the victim engaged him in further conversation, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the victims wallet,” Clawson said.
The man handed over his wallet, which the gunman stripped of cash and discarded, the lieutenant said.
Detailed descriptions of the gunman and driver were not available. No injuries were reported.