3 women sought in Pasadena robbery, carjacking


PASADENA >> Three women robbed and carjacked another woman at knifepoint along a residential street in Pasadena Friday afternoon, police said.
The three robbers approached the victim, a Pasadena woman in her 30s, about 5:40 p.m. as she was getting out of her white, 2002 Toyota Avalon in the 400 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
One of the women tried to grab the victim’s cell phone and wallet from her hand, but was unable to, and the two began to struggle over the items, Mercado said.
“While they were fighting, (another) suspect produced the knife and demanded the victim’s cell phone and wallet,” the lieutenant said. The frightened victim complied.
All three robbers then got into the victim’s car and drove off, he said.
The woman had purchased the car via a private sale three days prior and could not immediately provide police with its license plate number, Mercado said.
She suffered injuries including a bloodied lip and scrapes and bruising to her shoulder, but declined to be taken to a hospital, he added.
The woman who wielded the knife was described as Latina, in her late-teens or early-20s, heavyset, with red or burgundy hair, wearing black leggings and a black shirt.
Police described her two accomplices only as Latina women in their early-20s.
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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Elderly Rowland Heights couple bound in home-invasion robbery


ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Three masked intruders tied up an elderly Rowland Heights couple and ransacked their home during a home-invasion robbery late Friday, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 9 p.m. in the 1400 block of Annadel Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce Yoell said.
A man was home alone when he heard a noise in front of his home and opened the door to see what it was, the sergeant said.
“He opened the door, there they are,” Yoell said. At least one of the masked robbers was armed with a handgun.
The robbers tied up the man and began ransacking the home, he said.
The victim’s wife arrived home in the midst of the home invasion, Yoell said. The robbers tied her up as well before fleeing the home.
Neither victim wished to be taken to a hospital, he added. Both were senior citizens.
It appeared the intruders were looking for money, officials said. It was not initially clear what, if anything, was taken in the crime.
A detailed suspect description was not available, Yoell said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Have you seen these gunmen? 2 sought in San Dimas convenience store robbery

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SAN DIMAS >> Sheriff’s officials have released surveillance camera images of two gunmen who robbed a San Dimas 7-Eleven store last weekend.
The armed robbery took place shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday at the convenience store at Foothill Boulevard and San Dimas Canyon Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The two men pretended to be customers, browsing through products at the store, before both pulled handguns on the clerk, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Jorge Chavez. The robbers then emptied the cash register of money and fled with cash, as well as several miscellaneous items from the store. They were last seen heading east.
Officials described both robbers as Latino men in their late-20s.
One of the men was about 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, of medium complexion, unshaven, with dark eyes. He wore a gray baseball cap with an 0319_NWS_SGT-L-ROBPHOTOS6American flag logo, glasses with white rims, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes.
The second robber was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, of medium complexion, unshaven, with light-colored eyes. He had short, black hair, balding on top. He wore a dark brown zippered sweatshirt with a lighter color material inside the hood and possibly an “ECKO UNLTD” logo on the back. He also wore a black shirt with an unknown logo on the front, dark pants, and dark shoes accented with white.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
— Staff Writer Monica Rodriguez contributed to this report.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Whittier robbery suspect arrested by SWAT team in Long Beach

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LONG BEACH >> A SWAT team early Thursday apprehended a man in Long Beach who’s been linked by DNA to a Whittier check cashing business robbery four months ago, authorities said.
Timothy Deaunti Jordan, 26, of Long Beach, who was already on parole for a previous robbery conviction, was jailed without a struggle when a SWAT team found him about 5:45 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of West Gardner Street in Long Beach, according to Whittier police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He’s accused of taking part in the early-morning, Nov. 16, burglary and armed robbery of a Whittier check cashing business in the 8800 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said.
The window of the businesses was found smashed, but nothing was believed to have been stolen, Scoggins said.
0318_NWS_WDN-L-SWAT1Police took burglary report and left, and the owner, a woman, stayed at the business to clean up the mess, he said.
The burglars returned while the woman was at the business, armed with a handgun, Scoggins said. They forced the owner to open a safe at gunpoint and fled with a large, undisclosed amount of cash.
Investigators found blood believed to belong to one of the suspects at the crime scene and submitted it to the crime lab for analysis. The lab recently informed Whittier police that the DNA matched that of Jordan, who was already on parole for a robbery conviction.
Jordan was being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing Monday, officials said.
Police continued seek at least three additional suspects in November’s break-in and robbery, Scoggins said.
Anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200, or the department’s tip hotline at 562-567-9299.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Whittier Police Department

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Man sought in follow-home robbery of Santa Fe Springs woman

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SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Police are seeking a robber who followed a Santa Fe Springs woman home before robbing her at her doorstep earlier this month.
The crime took place about 10 a.m. March 5, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“We believe the suspect followed the victim from the area of Norwalk Boulevard and Imperial Highway (in Norwalk) driving a two-door, 1995-2000 red Dodge Avenger with no hubcaps,” according to the statement.
When the woman arrived home, the robber accosted her at her doorstep and robber her of her purse, police said.
Authorities described the robber as a black man in his early-30s, about 6 feet tall, of thin build, with a short beard.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whittier police Detective Wolfe at 562-409-1850, or call the Whittier Police Department’s tip hotline at 562-567-9299.

PHOTO of suspect vehicle courtesy of the Whittier Police Department.

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Man robbed at gunpoint on Pasadena sidewalk


PASADENA >> A gunman robbed another man of cash along Fair Oaks Avenue late Tuesday, authorities said.
A 48-year-old Pasadena man was walking down a sidewalk about 9:50 p.m. near Fair Oaks Avenue and Esther Street when the robber approached him, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The robber, described as in his teens or 20s, brandished a dark-colored handgun as he demanded the victim’s cash, Luna said. He was last seen fleeing north along Fair Oaks Avenue on a bike. It was unclear how much money he obtained from the victim.
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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Elderly woman in wheelchair fights off would-be robber in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A 76-year-old woman in a wheelchair fought of a would-be robber who tried to steal her purse and necklace Thursday, police said.
The failed crime took place about 11:50 a.m. as the victim was sitting in her wheelchair at Villa Street and Maple Way, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. A young man approached.
“The suspect attempted to forcibly remove her purse and gold necklace,” Luna said. “The victim was able to fight the suspect off.”
The robber fled empty-handed, the lieutenant said. The woman was unhurt.
Police described the failed robber as a black man between 17 and 20 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and light-colored pants.
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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Whittier man accused of knifepoint robbery


WHITTIER >> A man robbed another man a knifepoint in Uptown Whittier Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Richard Joseph Torres, 38, of Whittier — who was already on felony probation for a 2013 conviction — was arrested on suspicion of robbery, according to Whittier police officials and Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records.
Police responded to a report of a robbery about 2 p.m. in the 6200 block of Bright Avenue in which Torres robbed another man of his money at knifepoint, Whittier police Officer John Scroggins said.
“Apparently, the suspect and victim are known to one another,” he said. Their exact relationship was unclear.
Officers quickly found and arrested Torres in connection with the crime, Scroggins said.
According to court records, Torres was already on felony probation under AB 109 guidelines after pleading “no contest” in July of 2013 of interfering or resisting police by means of force or threat.
Previous Los Angeles County convictions include auto theft and drug possession.
Torres was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance Friday, records show.

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Pasadena bank branch robbed


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who robbed a Pasadena bank branch Tuesday afternoon.
The crime took place about 1:40 p.m. at a Chase branch at 2670 block of East Colorado Boulevard, just west of San Gabriel Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The robber entered the bank and got into the teller line,” Luna said. “Upon reaching the teller window, he presented a note demanding money and saying he was armed.”
Police said the teller handed over an undetermined amount of cash before the suspect fled. He was last seen on foot.
He was described as black man between 28 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, of average build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored shoes, Luna said. Officers searched the area but did not find the robber.
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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Bandit sought in series of bank heists in Glendora, Arcadia, Placentia


A man in a black baseball cap embarked on a two-county robbery spree in recent weeks, holding up or trying to hold up Citibank branches in Glendora, Arcadia and Placentia in recent weeks, authorities said.
0310_NWS_SGT-L-BANKROB1Glendora police released surveillance images of the robber Wednesday in hopes of generating tips from the public as to the mystery bandit’s identity. He’s robbed in both Los Angeles and Orange counties.
“We’re hoping someone recognized this person,” Glendora police Detective Russell Ziino said.
The robber first showed up about 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 29 at Citibank, 401 E. Arrow Highway in Glendora, police said.
“(He) handed the teller a demand note that stated he had a gun. No gun was seen,” Glendora police said in a written statement. “The teller handed him an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect left.”
The serial bandit again turned up about 12:40 p.m. on March 4 at a Citibank branch at 1300 N. Kraemer Blvd. in Placentia, police said. He handed a teller a similar note and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
0310_NWS_SGT-L-BANKROB2Just over four hours later, the same robber entered a Citibank branch at 100 S. First Ave. in Arcadia and attempted the same type of robbery.
“The teller in this case feared for his life and went to the back of the bank,” according to the police statement. “The suspect left with no cash.”
The notes presented by the robber were scribbled with messages to the effect of: “Don’t talk. I have a gun. Give me the money,” Ziino said. Though he always threatened to be armed, no gun has been seen during the crimes.
The yet-unnamed serial bandit is described as a white man, about 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 130 pounds, with green eyes and a scar on his right eyelid.
In all three incidents, he wore a black baseball cap, Ziino added. No getaway car has been linked to the robber.
0310_NWS_SGT-L-BANKROB3Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-8250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTOS: [TOP] Authorities seeking the serial bank robber pictured during a heist at a Citibank branch in Glendora on Feb. 29, 2016. [MIDDLE] Authorities are seeking the serial bank robber pictured during a heist at a Citibank branch in Placentia on March 4, 2016. [BELOW] Authorities are seeking the serial bank robber pictured during a heist at a Citibank branch in Arcadia on March 4, 2016. (Courtesy, Glendora Police Department)

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