SOUTH PASADENA — Two men tied up and robbed a woman who arrived home Friday afternoon, interrupting a burglary, police said.
The victim, a woman estimated to be in her late-40s, arrived home about 6:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of Camino Lindo, near Flores De Oro, South Pasadena police Cpl. Matthew Ronnie said. Unbeknownst to her, two intruders had forced their way into her home by smashing a rear sliding glass door.
One of the men was armed with a knife, and they made mention of a gun, though the victim did not see it, he said.
The men ordered the woman to open a floor safe inside the home, the corporal said. “She couldn’t remember the combination due to stress. They tied her up and shoved her in the bathroom.”
The woman’s hands were bound with a pillowcase, Ronnie said. The men also stole the woman’s wedding ring from her finger.
“They told her since she was cooperating, they wouldn’t kill her,” he added.
While the woman was bound in the bathroom, the intruders forced the safe out of the floor and left, Ronnie said. The safe contained an unknown amount of jewelry.
Once the robbers had fled, the woman freed herself and called police.
The terrified woman was not injured in the incident, Ronnie said.
The robbers were initially described only as two black men of average height, both wearing dark clothing and black leather gloves.
Anyone with information can reach South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270.
ROSEMEAD — A knife-wielding man grabbed a hold of a 5-year-old child and demanded money before fleeing empty-handed from a Rosemead beauty salon Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The brazen crime took place about 2:45 p.m. at a salon in the 3100 block of San Gabriel Boulevard, just north of Garvey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Long said.
The suspect entered the store armed with a knife, Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
“He demanded money and then grabbed the child by the arm,” Chavez said. “As he reached and retrieved a knife from his pocket, the (child’s) uncle intervened and grabbed the child from him and pulled him away.”
The would-be robber then ran from the store empty handed, the lieutenant said. He was last seen headed south on San Gabriel Boulevard.
The child was shaken but not injured, officials said.
Deputies described the suspect as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of thin build, with a tattoo on his left forearm. He had brown hair and brown eyes and wore dark blue jeans, as well as a black and white bandana over his face.
Deputies searched the area with help from witnesses who pointed out where the man had run, but he was not found, Long said. Deputies continued hunting for him late Sunday.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.
BALDWIN PARK — A teenage boy and a woman were behind bars Sunday on suspicion of robbing a local attorney of his wallet at a Starbucks coffee shop before he chased after them and got it back.
Sandra Lopez, 20, of La Puente and a 16-year-old La Puente boy, whose name was withheld due to his age, were arrested on suspicion of robbery several hours after Saturday’s 9:50 a.m. incident at the Starbucks on Baldwin Park Boulevard, just south of Francisquito Avenue, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Mike Hemenway said.
Paul Cook, 31, a lawyer and local activist known to many as “The Boxing Lawyer,” said he was sitting at a table paying bills online with his computer prior to the crime. His wallet was on the table, within arms reach.
“I saw (the teen) snatch my wallet,” he said. “I remember my thought so clearly. It was, ‘Oh, hell no.’”
Cook said he kicked off the flip-flops he was wearing and chased after the thief barefoot as he fled with the stolen wallet. The teen ran toward a nearby car, with a woman waiting at the wheel.
“The suspects didn’t expect me to run so fast,” Cook said. In addition to being an amateur boxer, “I run 7 miles every other day.”
Cook reached the car and reached through the passenger window to grab hold of his wallet, which the teen robber was still clutching, he said. The boy ultimately released the wallet while telling the female driver to “Go, go.”
Cook said he, as well as another customer of the Starbucks, managed to get the license plate number of the fleeing car to report to police.
Officers quickly responded within minutes and tracked the suspects down within hours.
Officers found and arrested Lopez and the boy about 4 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 15000 block of Valley Boulevard in Industry, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
“I’m very grateful from the bottom of my heart to the Baldwin Park Police Department for their dedication and compassion,” Cook said. “I’m impressed.”
And the coffee shop provided him with a free Caramel Frappuccino as he dealt with the police, he added.
According to county booking records, Lopez was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending her scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
ARCADIA — An intoxicated man showed up at a hospital with stab wounds late Friday and told police he was injured while being robbed by two masked men in Arcadia, officials said.
Details were initially limited regarding the incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said.
A man was brought to the emergency room of Huntington Hospital by a private vehicle with lacerations to his shoulder and chest, the sergeant said. The wounds were not considered life-threatening.
The 20-year-old El Monte man told police he was attacked and robbed by two masked man at Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive, Crowther said. The “somewhat intoxicated” man was unable or unwilling to provide further details, and it was unclear what, if anything, was stolen.
VALINDA — Three masked men struck and woman and a man with a shovel during a home-invasion robbery at a family’s home early Friday, officials said.
Family members heard a noise coming from their back door about 2:45 a.m. at their house in the 17100 block of Francisquito Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Arthur Scott said.
A 42-year-old woman went to investigate the sound when she was confronted by three Asian men wearing ski masks, Scott said. One was armed with a rifle, and another held a shovel.
“She opened sliding door and got attacked with a shovel,” Scott said. The robbers then forced there way into the home and struck another resident, a 17-year-old boy, in the back with the shovel.
The robbers roused two other residents — a 43-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl — from bed and ordered them to lie down with the other two victims in the front of the home, the lieutenant said.
“One suspect held them at gunpoint while the others went through the house,” Scott said. “They were in there about 15 minutes before they fled.”
It was not yet clear what may have been stolen from the ransacked house, he added.
ROSEMEAD — Two men fled with cash Thursday following a robbery at a bank branch Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The heist took place just after 12:30 p.m. at the Pacific Alliance Bank, 8400 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Ruiz said.
The robber demanded money from a teller and fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount, officials said. No weapons were seen during the crime, and no injuries were reported.
Officials described the robbers as two black men in their 20s, wearing black caps and blue jackets, Ruiz said.
No further details were available.
Officials arrested a man sought on suspicion of a takeover robbery at a La Crescenta dental office following a chase that ended in Sunland Thursday, officials said.
Bryan Michael Mackey, 33, was booked on suspicion of crimes including robbery, assault on peace officers, making terrorist threats, evading police after he was taken into custody about 9 a.m. along Fenwick Avenue, west of Mt. Gleason Avenue in Sunland, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
In Wednesday’s robbery, Mackey is accused of tying up two women and a man inside a dental office in the 3900 block of Ocean View Boulevard, sheriff’s Sgt. Booker Hollis said.
After leaving the employees tied up inside the office, “It took four to five hours before they were able to free themselves,” Booker said. The robbery was reported about 5 p.m.
Mackey fled with the purse, cell phone, car keys and a Toyota Corolla of one of the victims, Hollis said.
Officials were hunting for Mackey and the stolen car when a deputy spotted him driving in the Sunland area, initiating a pursuit, Hollis said. The car had been fitted licenses plates from another car.
The pursuit headed to La Crescenta and reached high speeds before deputies called it off, but continued “surveillance” of the suspect, officials said.
California Highway Patrol officers again began pursuing the Corolla when it returned to Sunland, Hollis said. A CHP officer ultimately stopped the car with a PIT maneuver.
Mackey sat in his car and smoked a cigarette while CHP officers held him at gunpoint before deputies shot out the windows of the car with bean bag rounds, Hollis said. The suspect then exited the stolen car and surrendered.
According to county booking records, Mackey was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
PASADENA — Police arrested on teenage and sought another after they robbed another young man of his bicycle Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
A Pasadena teen was riding his bike about 4:35 p.m. at Mountain Street and Summit Avenue when he was approached by two other teens, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
The robbers demanded the victim’s bike, threatening to beat him up if he didn’t comply, Delgago said. The victim handed over his bicycle.
“Officers found the individual on the bike not far away,” the lieutenant said. He was arrested after being identified by the victim as one of the robbers.
The second suspect was not found, he said.
PASADENA — An elderly man was robbed of a gold necklace and a bag while waking near Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard early Sunday, officials said.
The victim, a 76-year-old Pasadena residents, was walking shortly before 5 a.m. when he was approached by a robber, who engaged him in conversation, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“As the victim tried to walk away,the suspect walked behind the victim and grabbed a gold chain that was around his neck,” Clawson said. The robber also snatched an empty nylon bag the victim had been carrying.
Police described the robber as a black man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He wore a black jacket and black pants.
He was last seen running north on Fair Oaks Boulevard toward Painter Avenue.
LA HABRA — A robber with a knife and his accomplice hit a drive-thru dairy Tuesday but fled empty-handed after a store clerk disarmed the culprit.
One of the suspects was later turned over to police by his mother, La Habra Police Lt. Jeff Swaim said. Officers detained a second suspect.
The botched robbery in the 2300 block of West Whittier Boulevard was reported to police at 6:23 p.m.
Swaim said two suspects entered the business and approached an employee. One of the robbers carried a knife.
He said the clerk disarmed the knife-wielding robber but the lieutenant didn’t have details on how the employee got the upper hand on the suspect.
The robbers ran.
Officers were later at a nearby apartment complex when they were contacted by a woman who thought they might be looking for her son. Swaim said. The 15-year-old boy was arrested.
- Ruby Gonzales