UPDATED: Woman arrested following Pasadena restaurant robbery

PASADENA >> Police arrested a woman minutes after she robbed a Pasadena fast-food restaurant while wielding a replica AR-15, officials said.
The crime took place about 7:50 p.m. at Lucky Boy, at Walnut Street and Oakland Avenue.
Witnesses flagged down passing officers about 7:50 p.m. to report an armed woman had just carried out a robbery at the business and fled with cash, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said. Others called 911 to simultaneously to report the heist.
Officers immediately began searching the area, Ibarra said. As an officer looked through some bushes at Oakland Avenue and Cordova Street, a woman emerged from the shrubs and ran.
Police chased the woman down and took her into custody near the scene of the robbery, on Walnut Street, just west of Oakland Avenue, according to the lieutenant.
An item that appeared to be an AR-15 rifle was found discarded in the bushes where the woman was hiding, wrapped in cloth, officials said. It was ultimately found to be a replica.
Officers also found the woman in possession of money believed to have been taken in the restaurant robbery, Ibarra said.
Palace Edna Williams, 23, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of robbery after being examined at a hospital due to complaints of a medical problem, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
She was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, records show.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department

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Street vendor robbed while using restroom at Victory Park in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Three men attacked and robbed a push cart vendor inside a restroom at Victory Park in Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The crime unfolded just after 4 p.m. when a push cart vendor, a 44-year-old Arcadia man, stopped to use the restroom at the west side of the park, 2575 Paloma Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“While inside the restroom, the victim was approached from behind by the suspects who physically assaulted him,” Goodman said. “The suspects stole money from the victim and fled on foot.”
The vendor suffered no serious injuries and did not require medical treatment, according to the lieutenant.
Officers searched the area, but the robbers were not found, he added. Detailed descriptions of the three robbers were 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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Man robbed at gunpoint in Arcadia


ARCADIA >> Two gunmen robbed another man of his backpack as he walked through Arcadia late Thursday, officials said.
A man in his mid-30s was walking about 10:35 p.m. in the 700 block of Fairview Avenue, just west of Baldwin Avenue, prior to the robbery, Arcadia police Lt. Toy Nakamura said.
Two men, both brandishing handguns, approached the victim and demanded his backpack, the lieutenant said. The victim turned over his back, which contained some money and a cell phone. He was unhurt.
Police described both robbers as black men of about 5 feet 7 inches tall, of thin build, wearing all-dark clothing.
Anyone with information can reach Arcadia police at 626-574-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man beaten and robbed after using ATM in Pasadena


PASADENA >> An attacker beat a man with a club and robbed him after the victim used an ATM in Pasadena early Wednesday morning, police said.
The crime unfolded about 4:40 a.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
A 56-year-old Pasadena man withdrew money from an ATM at the southwest corner of the intersection and walked across the street, the lieutenant said.
Once the victim reached the parking lot of a neighboring CVS Pharmacy, the robber approached from behind and made his move.
The attacker snuck up behind the man and struck him several times in the head with some type of club or stick, Hettema said.
The robber then grabbed the man’s money, about $160, and ran, he said.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in his early-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and of thin build.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of gashes to his head, Hettema said. The injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
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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Teen stabbed during robbery attempt at South Whittier park


SOUTH WHITTIER >> Two men beat and stabbed a teenager after he refused to turn over his property during a robbery attempt at a South Whittier park late Saturday, officials said.
The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was walking through Amelia Mayberry Park, 13201 Meyer Road, about 10 p.m. when two would-be robbers approached, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Hank Ortega said.
“The suspects accosted him and demanded he give them whatever he had,” the sergeant said. The teen refused.
One of the attacker punched the teen in the face, while the other pulled a knife and stabbed him in the upper arm, Ortega said.
The teen was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Ortega said both attackers were last seen running east from the park.
One was described as a white man, between 20 and 25 years old, 150 to 170 pounds, with blond hair.
The second suspect, who wielded the knife, was described as Latino man between 20 and 25 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a beard and mustache.
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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Men rob woman in Pasadena after asking for directions


PASADENA >> A young woman who offered strangers travel directions ended up getting robbed in return for kindness in Pasadena on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place about 5:25 p.m. in the 100 block of South Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
An 18-year-old woman was walking down the sidewalk when a light-colored, two-door car pulled up alongside her, Goodman said. Two men inside asked for directions to Pasadena City College.
Goodman said the woman offered to help them by looking up directions on her smartphone.
She handed the phone to the passenger so he could see the screen, he said. The passenger grabbed the phone, and also grabbed onto a backpack the victim was wearing.
The woman struggled with the robber and managed to hang on to her backpack, but fell to the ground in the process, the lieutenant said. She suffered an abrasion to her hip but required no medical treatment.
The two robbers sped away with the woman’s cell phone.
Detailed suspect descriptions were 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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Gunman sought in Pasadena robbery


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man lost his cash and cell phone to an armed robber early Friday, police said.
The crime took place about 1:15 a.m. at Catalina Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The robber approached the victim as he walked down the street and brandished a handgun, according to the lieutenant said.
“The suspect demanded the victim’s cash and cell phone,” he said. “After committing the theft, the suspect fled in a dark-colored SUV north on Catalina Avenue, out of sight.”
Police described the robber as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, with short black hair. He wore dark clothing.
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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Pizza delivery driver robbed, kidnapped in Hacienda Heights


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A gunman robbed and kidnapped pizza delivery driver late Tuesday, deputies said.
The crime unfolded just after 7:15 p.m. after the delivery man dropped off an order in the 1500 block of Fieldgate Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Infante said.
A man approached the driver while brandishing a black, semi-automatic handgun, the lieutenant said.
He demanded the delivery man’s money, obtaining about $75, he said. He then ordered the delivery driver to give him a ride.
The gunman fled on foot after being driven to the area of Gale and Farmstead avenues in neighboring Industry, Infante said.
He was described as a Latino man between 22 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, 140 to 150 pounds, with a shaved head.
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 robs woman inside restroom at Paseo Colorado mall in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who followed a woman into a restroom and robbed her at the Paseo Colorado shopping mall in Pasadena on Saturday afternoon.
The crime took place just before 2:10 p.m. at the mall, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 37-year-old woman went into a women’s restroom at the mall when the robber followed her in and confronted her inside, he said.
“The suspect demanded the victim’s purse,” he said. “The victim ran out of the restroom and was followed by the suspect, who picked up the victim’s purse which was left behind when she exited the restroom.”
A good Samaritan confronted the robber outside of the bathroom and dropped the woman’s purse, “but only after removing the victim’s cell phone,” according to the lieutenant. The robber fled and food and was not found.
Police described the robber as a black man between 30 and 35 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, bald, wearing all-black clothing.
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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Duo sought in string of three robberies in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two men with a handgun went on a robbery spree in Pasadena late Thursday, mugging three people in just over about 30 minutes, authorities said.
The crimes were reported between 10:20 p.m. and 10:54 p.m. in residential neighborhoods north of the 210 Freeway, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
In all three cases, the robbers approached their victims in a black SUV, he said. One of the robbers brandished a handgun and demanded property while his accomplice gathered the victim’s money and cell phones.
The due robbed a 26-year-old woman at 10:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Mar Vista Avenue; a 46-year-old man at 10:52 p.m. in the 600 block of Mar Vista Street; and a 30-year-old man at 10:54 p.m. in the 400 block of N. Euclid Avenue, Goodman said.
All three victims were Pasadena residents, he said. No injuries were reported.
The robbers were described as two black men of thin build, wearing all-dark clothing. “One was in his 20s, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and carried a handgun. The second robber was about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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