SAN DIMAS >> A man armed with both a knife and pepper spray robbed a San Dimas gas station Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The hold-up took place about 3:40 p.m. at a Shell Station, 630 W. Bonita Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory said.
The robber entered the store and approached the cler, “with a knife in one hand and pepper spray in the other,” the sergeant said. The robber demanded the money from the register, and the cashier handed over between $150 and $200 before running off. He was last seen heading east on Bonita Avenue.
No injuries were reported.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man between 23 and 25 years old, of medium build, with a shaved head. He wore a light-colored, possible gray, T-shirt and black pants.
WEST COVINA >> Two men in a burgundy car snatched a purse from a pregnant woman in front of a West Covina Target store Saturday, police said.
The woman, who was nine months pregnant, was walking about 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the store, 2370 S. Azusa Ave., when the robbers approached, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
A burgundy car drove past, and a passenger leaned out the window and grabbed the victim’s purse before the car sped off, the lieutenant said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
The woman appeared unhurt, however paramedics examined her at the scene as a precaution, Patton said.
POMONA >> An Upland man punched and robbed a pregnant woman before the victim’s screamed attracted the attention of police, who arrested the suspect late Saturday, officials said.
Najune Taevon Hudson was booked on suspicion of robbery, false impersonation and resisting or obstructing arrest, Pomona police officials said in a written statement.
The crime took place about 11:30 p.m. in an alley running just to the south of the 900 block of East Holt Avenue.
An officer heard a woman screaming and spotted the victim, a 22-year-old Hemet resident, emerge from the alley, police said. She told the officer she had been robbed.
“The victim was pregnant and had been punched in the head by the suspect,” according to the police statement. She was taken to a hospital for treatment, but not before she pointed out the fleeing suspect, officials said.
Police chased the fleeing suspect and ultimately found him hiding in the yard of a nearby business.
Officers found a cell phone and purse stolen from the woman discarded in the area.
PASADENA >> A robber pepper-sprayed a cashier during a late-night heist Friday along Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, police said.
The crime took place about 11:20 p.m. at a business in the 2800 block of East Foothill Boulevard, just east of Daisy Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber entered the store and demanded money from the cash business’ cash register, he said.
“The clerk initially refused. “The suspect sprayed him with pepper spray,” the lieutenant said.
Police said the victim then opened the register, and the robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash. He was last seen running north along Daisy Avenue.
Officials described the suspect as a Latino man in his 20s, with a light complexion, of about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He wore a black baseball cap with white lettering on the front, a black short-sleeve shirt, gray shorts and gray gloves.
Mercado said the victim, an El Monte man in his 20s, suffered irritation from the pepper spray but declined to be taken to a hospital.
MONTEBELLO >> Police arrested a transient Wednesday they believe kidnapped and carjacked a 19-year-old Azusa woman at knifepoint the day before.
Police, aided by a K-9, found and arrested Omar Alfaro Juarez, 23, about 7:40 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Montebello Boulevard, according to Montebello police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He’s accused of kidnapping, carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a series of crimes, unfolding about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Bluff Road and Whittier Boulevard, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
The woman had stopped her car in the area to rest and wait for a friend while driving home and fell asleep with car unlocked, police said.
“She was later awakened when she felt something on her neck and realized that a male was in her passenger seat holding a knife to her neck,” according to the statement.
Juarez allegedly forced the woman over to the passenger seat and drove her around for several hours, forcing her to remove $20 from an ATM at Beach Street and Greenwood Avenue, Montebello police Detective Alfred Martinez said, officials said.
The woman reported seeing a possible second suspect at the convenience store, though police were still seeking that man and trying to determine whether he was involved in the crime, Martinez said.
The woman was freed about six hours later when a parking enforcement officer called police to report what they thought to be domestic violence in the 1700 block of Bluff Road, Martinez said. Juarez fled when officers arrived and was not found.
Detectives later identified Juarez as the suspect and began surveillance in the area of Montebello Boulevard and Elm Street, where he was known to frequent. They spotted Juarez Wednesday afternoon.
“Juarez refused to surrender and was apprehended by K-9 Cody,” the police statement says. Vernon and Monterey Park police assisted in the arrest, along with a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.
The woman suffered a superficial cut to her neck, but no serious injuries, Martinez said.
Juarez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, scheduled Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
PHOTO of suspect Omar Juarez courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.
PASADENA >> A man who arranged a meeting in Pasadena to buy a cell phone through an online advertisement ended up the victim of a beating and robbery attempt, police said.
The crime took place about 6:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 22-year-old Pasadena man met with the supposed cell phone seller, the lieutenant said.
“While conversing with the main suspect, two other suspects came from behind,” Goodman said.
One of the men punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground, he said. The attacker continued punching the victim as he rifled through his pockets in search of money.
The three would-be robbers fled empty-handed after being unable to get any money from the victim, Goodman said. They fled in a car left parked across the street.
Police said the victim suffered bruises and abrasions but declined to be taken to a hospital.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
ARCADIA >> Police are urging shoppers to be cautious after two armed robberies were reported recently a the Westfield Santa Anita mall, including one in which a woman was pistol-whipped late Wednesday, officials said.
A San Gabriel woman in her early-40s was near the west side of the Nordstrom store in the mall parking lot, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., when she was attacked just after 9:20 p.m., according to Arcadia police Sgt. Brett Bourgeous.
“Officers contacted the victim of a robbery who advised that she was hit over the head with a black semi-automatic handgun and robbed of her purse and cellular phone,” police said in a written statement.
The robber ran to a nearby car with a getaway driver waiting at the wheel, officials said. The car sped south through the parking lot and disappeared. The woman was treated at a hospital for a laceration to her head.
Police described the gunman only as a tall, skinny man wearing a hooded sweatshirt. No description of the driver was available, but the suspects’ vehicle was described as a small, silver or gray SUV.
Another similar armed robbery was reported in the south parking lot of the same mall about two weeks earlier on Aug. 4, according to the police statement.
A robber brandishing a handgun approached an 18-year-old Arcadia man as he walked to his car about 10:10 p.m., Bourgeous said.
“The suspect made off with the victim’s wallet and cell phone,” the sergeant said. The victim suffered no injuries.
Officials described the gunman as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of thin build, wearing a bandanna covering his face. He was last seen fleeing on foot with a second male suspect. No further description of the accomplice was available.
Detectives noted similarities between the crimes and were looking into a possible connection, though a concrete link had not been established, Bourgeous said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> A masked gunman robbed a 62-year-old Pasadena man just after the victim withdrew cash from an ATM machine late Tuesday, police said.
The robbery took place about 9 p.m. at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Allen Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Luna.
“The victim withdrew money from the ATM and was walking back to his car when he was confronted by the suspect,” Luna said. The robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.
Luna said the victim turned over his wallet, $340 in cash and some keys to the bandit, who fled the area on foot.
The robber was described as a black man between 35 and 40, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 185 pounds. He wore a dark short-sleeve shirt, dark jeans and a black knit mask.
Another ATM patron, a 34-year-old woman, was also robbed by a tall suspect while trying to withdraw money from an ATM in another part of town late Sunday.
PASADENA >> A group of juvenile attacker including a child believed to be as young as 10 beat and robbed a 14-year-old boy near Pintoresca Park late Tuesday, police said.
The incident unfolded shortly before 9 p.m. as the teenage victim was riding his bike near La Pintoresca Park, along Washington Boulevard near Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Another teenage boy of about the same age riding a scooter began chasing the victim, the lieutenant said. When the victim reached Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, his pursuer rammed him with the scooter, knocking the victim off his bicycle.
Another four or so boys, including one described as about 10 years old, appeared, Goodman said. “They all began assaulting the victim.”
The teenage victim suffered bruising to his eye and injuries to a finger, but declined to be taken to a hospital, police said.
Goodman said the young suspects fled, one of them on the victim’s bicycle. Police searched the area but didn’t find them.
The scooter-riding suspect who first approached the victim made mention of a local street gang, he said.
PASADENA >> Two men fired a gunshot during a failed robbery at a Pasadena wireless store Sunday afternoon, but ultimately fled empty-handed, officials said.
No one was hurt in the 1:25 p.m. robbery attempt at a cellular store at Orange Grove Boulevard and Wheeler Lane, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said.
Two robbers entered the stores and immediately caught the attention of the two men working inside, Ibarra said.
“The employees though they were acting suspicious,” the lieutenant said. “They started going toward the back door.”
One of the suspects yelled to the employees not to run, she said. One of the two suspects then fired a single shot into the floor.
The employees proceeded to run out of the back of the store, Ibarra said. The robbers then fled without taking anything and were last seen getting into a white vehicle.
A detailed suspect description was not available.