Man pistol-whipped during robbery attempt while playing Pokemon Go in Lakewood


LAKEWOOD >> A would-be robber attacked to men, pistol-whipping one of them, as the victims were out playing the popular new Pokemon Go mobile video game early Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 2:40 a.m. as two men were chasing after digital creatures in the augmented-reality video game at South Street and Clark Avenue, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau.
As the men played the game on their cell phones, a tan, four-door car described as possibly a Chevrolet Impala, pulled alongside them, she said. A man got out of the car with a handgun and demanded the victims’ property.
“One of the victims charged at the suspect and began to struggle with the suspect for the firearm,” Schrader said in a written statement.
“During the struggle, the victim was hit multiple times in the face with the handgun by the suspect,” the deputy said. “The suspect ran back to the tan vehicle, which then sped toward the victims and attempted to run over them. The victims were able to get out of the way before being struck by the vehicle.”
The beating victim suffered a broken nose and a cut to his lip, Schrader said.
Officials described the gunman as a black man, between 18 and 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, of thin build, with short hair. A description of the driver was not available.
The suspects’ car was last seen speeding west on South Street, officials added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Borges of the sheriff’s Lakewood Station at 562-623-3500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint in front of her East Pasadena home


EAST PASADENA >> A woman arrived home this week in East Pasadena to find to be confronted by two gunman who demanded her valuables, officials said.
The crime took place about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday in front of a home in the 100 block of Madre Street in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tom McNeal said.
A woman in her 30s pulled in to her driveway, the lieutenant said. Before she got out of her car, two men approached her from both the driver-side and passenger-side of her car.
Both men brandished handguns and demanded her valuables, McNeal said. The woman handed her wallet and cell phone through a partially opened car window and the suspect fled.
The robbers wore hooded sweat shirts and dark clothing, he said. A detailed description was not available.
They got into a small, green, four-door compact car, which sped north on Madre Street, then got onto the eastbound 210 Freeway, McNeal said. Deputies searched the area, but did not find the robbers.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-448-9861. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Gunman robs Pico Rivera 7-Eleven store


PICO RIVERA >> A man with a handgun robbed a Rosemead Boulevard convenience store early Saturday morning, officials said.
The crime took place about 3:30 a.m. at 7-Eleven, at Rosemead Boulevard and Telegraph Road, Sgt. B. Creta of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said.
A man entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, she said. The employee hesitated at first, but complied when the robber displayed a handgun tucked into his waistband.
The robber fled with about $400, Creta said. The clerk was not injured.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man between 25 and 30, wearing a black jacket, a hooded sweatshirt and black pants. He fled the areas in a gray sedan fitted with paper license plates.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Elderly couple robbed in their Arcadia home


ARCADIA >> A burglary turned into a robbery late Tuesday after an elderly couple awoke to find three intruders in their bedroom demanding valuables, police said.
The crime took place about 10:55 p.m. in the 500 block of West Live Oak Avenue, Arcadia police Sgt. Kirk Pedersen said in a written statement.
Two elderly victims were home sleeping when they awoke to three suspects in their bedroom,” Pederson said. “The suspects demanded cash and jewelry.”
No weapons were seen.
The intruders fled the home with an undetermined amount of money and jewelry, Lt. Colleen Flores said. It was determined they had entered the home through an unlocked rear sliding door.
The victims, who were in there 70s and 80s, suffered “minor injuries” during the incident, though it was not initially clear how they were hurt, officials added.
Police described the robbers as three men between 20 and 30 years old.
One had a dark complexion, stood about 5 feet 5 inches tall, was of thin build, and wore a hooded sweat shirt. The two additional robbers were further described as wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police as 626-574-5151 in reference to case 1603602. Tips may also be subm9itted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Takeover robbery reported at La Mirada cell phone store


LA MIRADA >> A group of at least three robbers fled with electronics including cell phones and tablet computers, as well as employees’ wallets, following a takeover robbery at a La Mirada cell phone store Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The heist unfolded about 1:30 p.m. at a Sprint wireless store at La Mirada Boulevard and Telegraph Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Hank Ortega said.
Two men armed with handguns entered the store and demanded electronic items, such as cell phones, tablet computers and wireless internet hotspots, the sergeant said. They also demanded cell phones and wallets from the four employees working at the store.
The robbers placed the stolen merchandise into plastic trash bags and fled, Ortega said.
They got into a black pickup truck with a waiting driver, and possibly a fourth accomplice riding as a passenger, which sped away. The robbers ordered the employees into a room at the business before fleeing.
No injuries were reported. The value of the stolen goods was not immediately available.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Masked gunmen rob Bassett cabinet warehouse


BASSETT >> Two gunman escaped with thousands of dollars following a takeover robbery at a Bassett cabinetry business Friday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 2:40 p.m. at the FX Cabinet Warehouse, 14242 Proctor Ave. in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Two robbers, both wearing ski masks and armed with handguns, fled with more than $5,000 in cash following the robbery, Lt. Robert Tubbs said. Both wore masks and dark hooded sweatshirts, officials added.
After storming into the business, which was open, and stealing nearly $6,000, the two robbers sped away in a green sedan, Tubbs said.
The getaway car was soon found abandoned just west of the crime scene.
No injuries were reported in connection with the heist.
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 carjacked in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A carjacker apparently knocked a man unconscious before driving off in the victim’s car Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The carjacking took place about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 20-year-old Pasadena man arrived in the neighborhood to visit a friend and left his vehicle parked, unattended with the keys in the ignition, he said.
Upon returning to his late-model Nissan sedan, the victim was confronted by the carjacker, who had the car keys, the lieutenant said.
The victim demanded the keys back, and the carjacker threatened to assault him, Luna said.
The next thing the victim knew, he awoke on the ground with a cut on his forehead, Luna said. The victim believed the suspect had attacked him.
A detailed suspect description was 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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Well-dressed gunman flees empty-handed after failed shoe robbery in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A would-be sneaker thief fled empty-handed Thursday after arranging to buy an expensive pair of sneakers from another man via an online advertisement, then tried to rob the seller of the high-end shoes at gunpoint, police said.
The incident unfolded shortly after 11:15 a.m. at a shopping center at Washington Boulevard and Allen Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The victim, a 26-year-old Pasadena man, arranged to meet the purported buyer at the shopping center to complete the transaction, Luna said.
“During the transaction, the suspectgave the victim a quantity of money, with a note instructing to give him the shoes,” the lieutenant said.
When the victim did not immediately respond, the would-be robber snatched back the money and lifted his shirt to display a handgun tucked into his pants, Luna said.
The robber ultimately fled without the shoes, he said. He was last seen running north along Allen Avenue.
Police described the gunman as a black man between 20 and 30, of thin build, with short hair. He wore a business suit and a hat.
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 suspects jailed in Alhambra robbery, attempted robbery


ALHAMBRA >> Police Wednesday arrested two men Wednesday, and continued seeking a third, in connection the robbery of a woman and the attempted robbery of a man outside an Alhambra bank last week.
Tony Ruacho, 51, of Los Angeles, and Leonardo Alfaro, 52, a transient known to frequent Alhambra, were arrested Wednesday afternoon in the El Sereno area of Los Angeles in connection with the incidents, according to Alhambra police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The crimes took place June 20 outside a Wells Fargo bank branch at 1910 West Main Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Tai Seki said.
A man was using an ATM when a robber approached, brandished a knife and demanded his money, the sergeant said.
The victim ran inside the bank to seek help instead.
The robber then turned his attention to a woman who had just exited the bank, Seki said. He snatched the woman’s purse, then ran to a getaway car parked nearby with a driver waiting at the wheel.
A third accomplice accompanied the robber and driver, Seki said. Neither victim was hurt.
A witness was able to provide police with the license plate number of the getaway car, Seki said.
Detectives found the car parked in El Sereno Wednesday afternoon and arrested Ruacho and Alfaro after they got into it, he said.
Police were still working to determined which suspect played what role in the crimes, Seki added.
The third suspect remained at large Thursday.
He was described as a Latino man, 40 to 50 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, of heavy build, with black hair.
Ruacho and Alfaro were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances, scheduled Friday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.

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Man and woman arrested following taxi driver robbery in West Covina


WEST COVINA >> Detectives Thursday arrested the second of two suspects accused of robbing a taxi cab driver after ordering a ride to Galster Park in West Covina.
The crime took place about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday at the park, along Aroma Drive at Galster Way, West Covina police Lt. Jerry Pearman said.
The suspects ordered a taxi ride in another city and had the driver take them to the secluded park, he said.
“It was a set-up,” Pearman said. The suspects allegedly pulled a gun and demanded the driver’s property, including his money and cell phone.
The lieutenant said the driver turned over the items and was not injured. The robbers fled, and police searching the area did not find them.
But detectives continues working the case and were able to use the stolen cell phone to track the male suspect to a neighborhood not far from the park, Pearman said. They watched as the man tried to drive away, then pulled over his car and took him into custody.
Detectives found and arrested the female suspect while serving a search warrant on Thursday, he said.
Both suspects were booked on suspicion of robbery, Pearman said. Their identities were not available Thursday afternoon.

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