Gunmen steal cash, lottery scratchers, craft beer in South Pasadena liquor store robbery

SOUTH PASADENA >> Two men armed with handguns made off with cash, lottery scratchers and a 12-pack of craft beer in a liquor store robbery late Friday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 10 p.m. at Ocean Liquor Store, 2005 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said.
The robbers entered the store and threatened the lone clerk, a man in his 60s, at gunpoint, the sergeant said.
They took money from the cash register, as well as from the clerk, Abdalla said. The robbers also helped themselves to lottery scratcher tickets and a 12-pack of Stone IPA beer before fleeing.
Abdalla said the two robbers were last seen heading out of the store toward the parking lot. No getaway car was seen.
Police described the robbers as Latino men between 20 and 22 years old.
One stood about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 145 pounds, Abdalla said. He had short black hair, wore all dark clothing and carried a stainless steel revolver.
The second robber was about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 165 pounds, wearing a silver jacket and some type of garment covering his face. He also carried a handgun.
Police were working on obtaining surveillance video footage from the store to develop additional clues, Abdalla said.
Anyone with information can reach South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270.

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Gunman robs Norwalk wireless store

NORWALK >> A gunman fled with cash and cell phones after robbing a Rosecrans Avenue wireless store Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The robber showed up about 3:30 p.m. at Cricket Wireless, 11617 Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Shawn Kehoe said.
He brandished a handgun as he stole cash from the store’s register, as well as cell phones, Kehoe said. The robber ordered the two employees into the store’s bathroom before fleeing.
The robber was last seen leaving the store on foot, the lieutenant said. A detailed suspect description was not available.

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Man fights off armed, would-be robber in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man suffered a cut to his cheek while fighting with an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The victim, a 23-year-old Azusa man, had just arrived to work about 2:50 p.m. at a restaurant in 3500 block of East Foothill Boulevard when the robber approached his car and opened the door, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The man pointed a handgun at the victim, threatened to shoot him and demanded he turn over whatever he had in his pockets, Luna said.
But the victim refused, and struggled with the would-be robber, the lieutenant said. The gunman ultimately fled empty-handed and got into a nearby green van, which was last seen east on Foothill Boulevard.
The victim suffered a cut to his cheek during the struggle, Luna said, though it was not clear exactly how he received the injury.
Police described the gunman as a Latino man between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, of medium build. He wore a dark baseball cap and white sweater.

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Man carjacked in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A carjacker pulled a man from his BMW before driving off in it late Saturday, police said.
The crime occurred about 8:30 p.m. as the victim was heading east on Del Mar Boulevard and stopped at a red light at Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber ran from a street corner up to the victim’s black, two-door, 2007 BMW 328i, Mercado said.
“(The carjacker) opened the driver-side door and ordered the victim to get out,” Mercado said.
The victim, a Pasadena man in his 50s, fumbled with his seat belt as he tried to exit the car, he said. The carjacker ultimately pulled him out of the car and threw him to the ground.
Police said the carjacker was last seen heading south on Raymond Avenue in the stolen BMW, which has a California disabled person’s license plate number of 370CN.
The victim was not injured.
Mercado described the carjacker as a black man between 20 and 30, 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, 190 to 210 pounds, of muscular build. He was either balding or had very short hair, and he wore a black hooded jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is urged not to approach it, but to call 9-1-1 immediately, Mercado said.

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Would-be robber in wheelchair pepper sprays man in South El Monte

SOUTH EL MONTE >> A man in a wheelchair pepper sprayed another man during a failed robbery Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place just before 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Alberto’s Mexican Food, 2740 Rosemead Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Long said.
A Latino man in his 20s who was using a wheelchair approached the victim, a man in his 30s, and asked for money, Long said.
As the victim pulled money out of his pocket and counted it, the robber lunged for the cash and sprayed the victim with pepper spray, the sergeant said.
The victim managed to hang on to the money, he said. The robber fled empty-handed.
Long said the robber got into a Honda Civic, with the wheelchair, and drove off. A Latina woman was riding as a passenger.
The victim suffered no serious injuries, Long said.
It was not clear whether the would-be robber was genuinely disabled, or merely used the wheelchair as a ruse.

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Masked gunman rob Pasadena bank

PASADENA >> Two masked, armed men robbed a Pasadena bank branch Friday morning, police said.
The heist occurred about 11 a.m. at OneUnited Bank, 1335 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“Two male blacks entered the bank wearing ski masks and armed with handguns. They demanded money from the tellers,” the lieutenant said.
After obtaining an unknown amount of cash, the robbers ran from the bank and got into a getaway car with a driver waiting at the wheel, Mercado said. The small, older two-door sedan was last seen driving south on Lake Avenue.
No injuries were reported, Mercado said.
Police described both gunman was black, in their mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, and of thin build. Both wore black ski masks and black gloves. One wore a white hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants, while the other wore a black hooded sweatshirt and light-colored pants.
No description of the getaway car was available.

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UPDATED with VIDEO: Gunman robs West Covina massage/acupuncture parlor


WEST COVINA >> An armed robber took $400 and a purse from a business Thursday night.
West Covina Police Officer Eddie Flores said no one was injured during the 7:42 p.m. robbery in the 1400 block of West Garvey Avenue North.
A car pulled into the parking lot of the business which Flores described as a pain management center where acupuncture is available.
Flores said a man got out of the back seat, entered the place, pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at an employee. A second employee was in the back, he added.
Flores said the employee ran to the rear and locked herself in a room with her co-worker.
The robber ransacked the counter area, took a purse, money and left.
He was described as Latino or white, 21 to 25, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing between 140 and 170 pounds. There was no description available for the getaway driver. The car they used was described as 4-door black or dark gray sedan.

- By Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales

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Two arrested in baseball bat attack, robbery in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police have arrested two suspects after a group of five males chased two other men with baseball bat and stole one of the victim’s cell phones Wednesday night.
At about 9:40 p.m., two black males were approached by five male Latino suspects, one of whom carried a baseball bat, in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Garfield Avenue, said Pasadena police Lt. Terysa Rojas. The victims began to run away and were chased by the suspects to the area of Orange Grove and Los Robles Avenue, where they were assaulted by the suspects, Rojas said.
During the assault, one of the victim’s cell phones was stolen and both suffered bruising to their foreheads, Rojas said.
Both victims, a 25-year-old Pasadena man and a 27-year-old Pasadena man, were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, Lt. John Luna said.
Soon after the alleged crime, a police helicopter spotted two of the suspects nearby, and officers detained them, Rojas said.
Police recovered the cell phone but were unable to locate the baseball bat and the three other suspects.
After being positively identified as two of the attackers, Arturo Chavolla, 18, of Apple Valley and Felipe Carranza, 25, of Pasadena were booked on suspicion of armed robbery, according to police and county booking records. The two are being held in lieu of a $50,000 bail pending their initial court appearances.
Rojas added that police believe the crime was believed to be gang related.

— By Stephanie Baer and Brian Day

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Industry gas station robbed; similar crime reported earlier this month at same business

INDUSTRY >> A knife-wielding robber fled with cash after robbing an Industry gas station late Wednesday in the second similar crime at the same business this month, officials said.
Wednesday’s crime took place just after 8:10 p.m. at a 76 gas station at Hacienda and Valley boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
A man armed with a knife, described as possibly a box-cutter, entered the store and pushed an employee out of his way, the lieutenant said. A second employee was also present.
The robber helped himself to the money inside the cash register, ultimately taking about $300, Enriquez said. He fled the area on a bicycle he had parked behind the gas station.
No injuries were reported. Deputies described the robber as Latino, about 50 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 160 pounds. He wore a green jacket, a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans. The robber also wore a trash bag on his head like a hat.
A similar crime took place at the same business on Feb. 16, and deputies suspect the same culprit is responsible, Enriquez said.
In that case, a man entered the store and helped himself to cash from the register, Enriquez said. The thief did not confront any employees during the first crime.

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UPDATED: Police shoot dog during search for San Marino home-invasion robber

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SAN MARINO >> Police shot a dog in a residential backyard while searching for a home-invasion robber in San Marino early Thursday, officials said.
The robber also stole the victim’s SUV in the 7:45 a.m. incident in the 900 block of Winston Avenue, according to San Marino police officials.
A woman estimated to be in her 30s working as a nanny at the home had just returned to the house after dropping children off at school, Police Chief John Incontro said.
“The suspect had ransacked the home and made additional demands for property,” police said in a written statement. “The victim then ran to the second floor where she locked herself in a room and called 9-1-1. The victim could hear the suspect yelling at her to get off the phone.”
Officers rushing to help made their way through the backyard of a home facing Sierra Madre Boulevard when they were confronted by a large dog, police said.
“One officer shot two rounds, one striking the dog.”
Police did not identify the involved officer.
0220_NWS_PSN-L-SMSEARCH2Officers found the frightened victim still hiding upstairs, Incontro said. The woman’s Mercedes-Benz SUV was gone. It was unclear what was stolen from the house.
Investigators found the SUV abandoned on a Ventura Boulevard offramp of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, Incontro said. The suspect remained at-large.
The chief added that the city has offered to pay the veterinary bills for the wounded dog.
After two surgeries and the successful removal of a bullet, the 6-year-old pit bull-terrier-boxer mix, named “Wheezy,” was expected to recover, said Rana Abdelal, a member of the family that owns the animal. One of the bullets grazed the dog in the head, while the other struck Wheezy in the chest.
Though saddened by the dog’s injury, Abdelal said they were not angry with the police.
“Because of the circumstances, we understand,” she said.
“They came, they apologized and they said they’d take care of it,” Abdelal said.
Authorities described the intruder as a black man, 28 to 30 years old, wearing a blue and black shirt and dark pants. He also wore a fanny pack.

PHOTOS: (Above) Photo of Wheezy the dog – courtesy. (Below) A San Marino police officer talks to neighborhood residents after an officer shot and wounded a family dog while responding to a home-invasion robbery in the 900 block of Winston Avenue early Thursday, Feb, 19, 2015.

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