PICO RIVERA — Two men punched a woman in the face to steal her cell phone early Thursday, officials said.
The violent robbery took place just before 2:20 a.m. at Rosemead and Whittier boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
A 41-year-old Pico Rivera woman was walking north along Rosemead Boulevard when she was approached from an unknown direction by two men, the lieutenant said.
“One suspect punched her in the face and she fell to the ground,” Meyer said. The robbers proceeded to pull the woman’s cell phone from her purse before running off.
The woman had redness to her face but declined to be taken to a hospital, Meyer added.
The robbers were Latino men in their early-20s, of average build, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, Meyer said. One wore a black baseball cap.
MONROVIA — A teenager used his skateboard to fight off a would-be robber armed with a knife late Thursday, officials said.
The encounter took place just after 9:10 p.m. in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 100 block of West Colorado Boulevard, Monrovia police Sgt. Glen Coleman said.
The failed robber approached the teen, pulled a knife and demanded the teen’s skateboard, Coleman said.
But rather than turn over the skateboard, the teen struck the knife-wielding man with it and ran away, the sergeant said.
Police described the would-be robber as a man in his 30s, of dark complexion, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a heavy gray and black striped jacket and checkered shorts. He had lip piercings on both sides of his mouth.
Police searched the area, but the man remained at-large late Thursday.
WEST COVINA — Two robbers fled with a little more than $200 after robbing a Carrows restaurant late Thursday, officials said.
The two men entered the restaurant, 101 S. Azusa Avenue, just before 8 p.m., West Covina police Lt. Pat Cirrito said.
One of them motioned as if he had a gun in his pocket as the robbers demanded cash, however no weapon was seen, he said.
They were last seen running west from the restaurant, the lieutenant added.
Both robbers were Latino men in their 30s or 40s, Cirrito said. One had a shaved head and wore a gray sweat shirt and a black cap. The other had short hair and wore a black sweat shirt and jeans.
WHITTIER — A man brandished a handgun while stealing more than $200 worth of alcohol from a Whittier Rite Aid store Wednesday, police said.
The crime took place about 9:25 a.m. at the store on Comstock Avenue at Hadley Street, Whittier police Sgt. Terry McAllister said.
One man entered the store and began helping himself to bottles of booze, McAllister said. When confronted by an employee, he the robber displayed a handgun tucked into his waistband and told the employee to “get back.”
The robber fled to a late-model white Nissan SUV, which was parked out front with a driver waiting at the wheel, McAllister said.
The gunman was described as a Latino ma in his early-30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a mustache, police said. He had a light complexion and glasses.
The driver was a also a Latino man in his early-30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 170 pounds, with a bald head. He wore sunglasses. Both men were described as appearing to be gang members.
A woman was also seen with the men, but walked away from the scene following the robbery, McAllister said. She was a Latina woman in her late-20s or early-30s of about 5 feet tall, 140 pounds and wearing glasses.
The stolen alcohol was valued at $226.
NORWALK — A gunmen escaped with cash and lottery tickets following a robbery at a market late Thursday, officials said.
The crime took place just after 9:45 p.m. at Cora’s Market, 16109 Norwalk Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The robber was armed with a handgun when he entered to store and stole an undetermined amount of both cash and lottery tickets, Sgt. Don McMinn of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
No injuries were reported, McMinn said.
Deputies jailed an alleged serial robber Thursday after he robbed a delivery man, stealing both cash and pizza, authorities said.
Jesus Rivas, 38, of Whittier, was arrested on suspicion of robbery following the heist, which took place shortly before 2:30 p.m. in the 8400 block of Bradwell Avenue in an unincorporated county area just west of Whittier, Sgt. Ernest Bille of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said.
He’s also suspected in three other similar robberies reported in the area over the past week, Lt. Joe Mendoza said in a written statement.
In the most recent incident, a Pizza Hut delivery driver was approached by a robber, later identified as Rivas, who brandished what was later determined to be a fake handgun and demanded the victim’s money, as well as the pizza he was delivering, Bille said.
The delivery man turned over two pizzas and about $40 before the robber ran off, officials said. The victim returned to work and called 9-1-1.
“Deputies found a person matching the description near Pioneer (Boulevard) and Slauson (Avenue),” Bille said. The victim identified Rivas as the robber.
A realistic-looking BB gun was found inside a trash can near the convenience store where Rivas was found, Mendoza said, and money believed have been stolen in the crime was recovered, along with the pizzas.
“The suspect is believed to be responsible for three other similar robberies which occurred within Pico Rivera Station jurisdiction within the past week,” Mendoza said.
The alleged spree began about 10 p.m. Dec. 26 when a pizza delivery driver was robbed at Serapis and Slauson avenues in Pico Rivera, Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
A second pizza delivery driver was robbed about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 27 in the 8600 block of Pioneer Boulevard in an unincorporated county area just west of Whittier, Meyer said. And Rivas is accused of robbing a third pizza delivery driver just after 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve just around the corner in the 8500 block of Shadyside Drive.
Cash was stolen in all the crimes, and pizza was stolen as well in all but one of the robberies, officials said.
According to county booking records, Rivas was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his scheduled arraignment Monday in Downey Superior Court.
PASADENA — A woman who became concerned after her husband didn’t return home from work Friday night discovered him tied up inside his Pasadena auto body shop following a robbery, police said.
The man was found bound with zip ties shortly after midnight Saturday at his business in the 100 block of Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
After the 34-year-old Pasadena man never came home from work, his wife went looking for him at the auto body shop, Clawson said.
“The showed up at the business and found him tied up,” he said. She untied her husband and the couple notified police.
The man told police he was at the shop when three men walked in, one of them armed with a handgun, the lieutenant said.
They tied the victim up and stole several thousand dollars, tools and a blue pickup truck with no license plates, he added. The man was not injured.
One of the robbers was described as a black man, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 300 pounds, Clawson said. A description of the other two robbers was not available.
A man carjacked two drivers and attacked one of them with a bottle before being arrested late Friday, authorities said.
Markkis Porsche Sonier, 24, of Long Beach was booked on suspicion of carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon following his arrest, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records.
The series of crimes began about 8:50 p.m. in the parking lot of Denny’s restaurant, on 7th Avenue near the 60 Freeway, Sgt. Michael Mileski said.
“The suspect told the victim he had a gun and demanded his vehicle,” Mileski said. The victim complied, and the carjacker sped off in the man’s Dodge Neon.
Minutes later, Sonier abandoned the Dodge nearby at Turnbull Canyon Road and Gale Avenue in Industry, Mileski said. He then turned it attention to a woman with a Lexus sedan in a parking lot.
“He assaulted her with a bottle,” Mileski said.
The woman was struck in the head, Sgt. Greg Taylor said in an written statement. She was treated by paramedics for minor injuries.
The suspect then fled in the woman’s car, which was spotted by deputies just around the corner, officials said.
“As Industry station deputies were responding to area of the first carjacking, the suspect nearly collided into a patrol car,” Taylor said. “Realizing that the vehicle that nearly collided into them could possibly be related to the carjacking which had just happened, deputies conducted a traffic stop and detained the driver without incident.”
Sonier was already on probation for assault, Taylor added.
According to booking records, Sonier was being held in lieu of $185,000 bail pending his initial appearance Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
PASADENA — Three Pasadena men pushed a woman to the ground and robbed her of her cell phone late Friday, police said.
Kevin Cornejo, 19, Carrington Anderson, 19 and Cristian Guillen, 20, were arrested on suspicion of robbery shortly after the 11:45 p.m. robbery at Oakland Avenue and Buckeye Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson and Los Angeles County booking records.
A 19-year-old Pasadena woman was standing with a 24-year-old Temple City man when they were approached by three men, Clawson said.
Two of the robbers stood between the man and woman while the third pushed the woman to the grab and took her cell phone from her hand, the lieutenant said. The three thieves then fled north along Oakland Avenue. The woman was not hurt.
Police soon spotted three people matching the description of the robbers in the area of Los Robles Avenue and Adena Street, Clawson said.
They were identified by the victims as the robbers, he said, and police found the stolen cell phone in some bushes near where the suspects were found.
According to booking records, Cornejo and Anderson were being held in lieu of $50,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances. Guillen, who had a previous criminal case pending at the time of his arrest, was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
SOUTH EL MONTE — A gunman robbed the lobby of a South El Monte motel Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place about 3:35 p.m. when the robber walked into the Rodeway Inn, 1228 Durfee Avenue, near Peck Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
“He asked the price of a room. As the victim began to answer, he produced a handgun and pointed it at him,” the lieutenant said.
The gunman demanded cash, and the clerk turned over $245 from the cash register, he said.
Chavez said the robber then ordered to victim, a 23-year-old man, to turn around and not look back as he fled.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 190 pounds. He wore a black coat, purple shorts and purple shoes.
Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.