WEST COVINA >> Two men armed with knifed tried, but failed, to rob a pedestrian in West Covina early Friday, police said.
A 19-year-old Los Angeles man was walking at Pacific and Morris avenues about 1:07 a.m. when a black SUV pulled in front of him, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
“The right, front passenger exited the vehicle and confronted the victim with a knife displayed in his hand,” Patton said.
The passenger demanded the victim’s property as the driver also got out of the car, also brandishing a knife, the lieutenant said.
The victim ran from the would-be robbers without turning over anything, Patton said. He then notified police of the crime. The two suspects got back into their SUV and fled.
Police described the robbers as two Latino man between 25 and 30 years old.
One was thin — about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds, with wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans, Patton said. The other was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds, wearing jean shorts, a colored shirt and a hat.
TEMPLE CITY >> Three men carried out an armed robbery at a Temple City bank Friday, officials said.
The heist took place about 11:40 a.m. at a Bank of the West branch, 9934 E. Las Tunas Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
One of the robbers brandished a revolver and pointed it at a teller while demanding money, the lieutenant said. They fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
Deputies described the robbers as three black men. One was in his 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 185 pounds, wearing blue jeans, a baseball cap and a checkered shirt.
The other two robbers were both of thin build, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing gray hooded sweatshirts, dark pants and bandanas covering their faces.
They were last seen driving south from the bank on Baldwin Avenue in a light gray compact car with faded paint.
PASADENA >> Three attackers kidnapped a woman in Pasadena, beat her unconscious and robbed her before dropping her off in Glendale Wednesday night, police said.
The victim, a 19-year-old Los Angeles woman, suffered “serious facial contusions” in the attack but was hospitalized in stable condition, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
She told investigators she had taken a Metro Gold Line train to Pasadena to sell the suspects a small amount of marijuana prior to the incident, which was reported to police about 11 p.m., police officials said.
The suspects, who she did not know by name, told her to meet them in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.
She got into the suspects’ newer-model, silver Honda Pilot, Luna said, Inside were two men and a woman. Detailed descriptions of the three suspects were not available.
“The victim heard what sounded like a gunshot and saw one of the windows shatter,” Luna said. The two men then began punching the woman in the face until she lost consciousness.
“She came to when the suspects dropped her off in the city of Glendale,” Luna said. The woman flagged down a passer-by, who drove her to a hospital.
The woman’s cell phone had been stolen, along with the marijuana, Lt. Vasken Gourdkian said.
PICO RIVERA >> A gunman escaped with cash and lottery tickets after robbing a Slauson Avenue convenience store Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The heist took place about 3:52 p.m. at 7-Eleven, at Slauson Avenue and Passons Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueava said.
Two clerks were working when the robber entered the store, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, the lieutenant said.
He obtained money from two registers, as well as lottery scratcher tickets, before fleeing, Villanueva said.
The robber was last seen getting driving away in a black vehicle, he said.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man between 30 and 35 years old, short and heavyset, wearing a green long-sleeved T-shirt, black pants, a green Army-style hat and sunglasses.
PICO RIVERA >> An armed robber held up a Rosemead Boulevard Mexican food restaurant Wednesday evening, officials said.
The heist unfolded just before 7 p.m. at Tacos Maria’s, 4611 Rosemead Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva said.
The robber entered the store, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the business’ cash register, the lieutenant said.
He was described as a Latino man, about 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair shaved short and brown eyes, wearing a brown T-shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen running westbound on Beverly Boulevard.
WALNUT >> Two men robbed a woman of her purse at a Walnut shopping center Saturday, but one of them left deputies a clue in the form of his shoes, which fell off his feet as a ran from the crime scene, officials said.
The crime took place about 4:30 p.m. in front of a strip mall in the 20700 block of Amar Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce Yoell said.
Two men pushed a woman and grabbed her purse, he said. The woman was unhurt.
As the robbers ran north from the area, one of them robbers lost his shoes, Yoell said.
Deputies watched over an apartment complex to the north of the shopping center, where the robbers were last seen, the sergeant said. They summoned a search dog to sniff the suspect’s shoes and try to follow the scent left by the barefoot robber, Yoell said.
But deputies called off the search about 8:50 p.m., he said. The suspects were not found, and the investigation continued.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A man and woman robbed three people at gunpoint at a turnout along San Gabriel Road in the forest north of Glendora early Friday, officials said.
A man and woman from La Puente and a West Covina man were outside their about 12:10 a.m. at a turnout near mile marker 23.58, about two miles south of East Fork Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The two robbers, a man and woman, approached in a White Acura sedan, according to Lt. Andy Berg.
“The male suspect produced a pistol and demanded the victim’s property,” Berg said in a written statement. “One of the male victims surrendered $25 and his car keys. The second male victim gave the suspect $22.”
“During this time, the female suspect entered the car of the female victim and stole a purse containing a cell phone,” Berg added.
The victims, who were between 25 and 28 years old, made their way down the mountain and called for help, he said. They were unhurt.
Deputies described the male robber as a Latino man between 18 and 20, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a shaved head. His female accomplice was Latina, 18-20, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 120 pounds, with dark hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call 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.
SANTA FE SPRINGS >> A suspect arrested Thursday following a Santa Fe Springs bank robbery is believed to be a serial bandit sought for previous heists in Anaheim and Orange, police said Friday.
Police arrested Ryan Thomas See, 25, of La Palma minutes after Thursday’s 2:50 p.m. robbery at a Chase branch at Telegraph and Carmenita roads in Santa Fe Springs, according to Whittier police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He was taken into custody as he attempted to flee in an Uber car, officials said.
“(See) presented the teller with a demand note, claiming he had a bomb and warned he would detonate it if police or others were alerted,” Whittier police said in a written statement. “The teller complied and handed over nearly $6,000 in cash.”
Officers arrested him around the corner in South Whittier as he attempted to enter a getaway car, later found to be an Uber car he had reserved, occupied by a female driver, police and FBI officials said.
A witness aided in the capture by following the suspect from the bank and reporting his position to police, Lt. Aaron Ruiz said. The stolen cash was recovered.
Following his arrest, investigators working with the FBI determined See was the suspected “Windy City Bandit,” sought for bank robberies at Chase banks in Anaheim on Oct. 5 and in Orange on Tuesday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
The FBI gave him the moniker due to a beanie emblazoned with a Chicago Bears logo he wore during the alleged crimes, she said.
See was initially booked on suspicion of bank robbery and making criminal threats at the Whittier Police Department, but was later turned over to federal custody to face federal prosecution, Eimiller said.
Upon being confronted with bank surveillance photos from the previous Orange County robberies, “See stated that he was the person in all three of the bank surveillance photographs,” FBI Agent Steve May wrote in a criminal complaint filed Thursday in federal court.
See claimed that he committed the robberies because he owed a “Mexican guy” money for drugs, but did not know man’s name, according to the complaint.
The defendant said the unnamed accomplice drove him to the scenes of the first two robberies. See told investigators he took an Uber car to get to the third robbery.
“See stated that he was pressured by the Mexican guy to go to that bank and rob that bank,” May wrote. “See further stated that if See did not do as instructed, the Mexican guy would harm/shoot his family.”
He was ordered held without bail during his initial court appearance Friday, Eimiller said.
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SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Police, aided by a good Samaritan, quickly apprehended an alleged bank bandit following a robbery at a Telegraph Road bank branch Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The crime was reported just before 3 p.m. at a Chase bank, 13417 Telegraph Road, near Carmenita Road, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said. The Whittier Police Department provides police services for Santa Fe Springs.
“The suspect presented a letter to the teller indicating he had a bomb,” Ruiz said.
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber fled the bank on foot.
But a witness followed behind the fleeing robber in a car while reporting his position to authorities, officials said.
Whittier police found and arrested the suspect without a struggle minutes later along Parkinson Avenue, just north of Trumball Street, in unincorporated South Whittier, Ruiz said. The money stolen in the bank robbery was recovered.
The name of the suspect, described as a man in his 20s, was not available Thursday evening.
ARCADIA >> Two armed men helped themselves to money from a gas station cash register during a robbery along Huntington Drive late Wednesday, officials said.
The robbers were each armed with ha handgun about 10;30 p.m. when they barged into a 76 gas station at Huntington Drive and First Street, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
“They ordered the clerk to open the cash register,” he said. “One suspect removed unknown amount (of cash) from the register.”
The woman working at the gas station was unhurt, Castro said.
The robbers were last seen running east through the parking lot, the lieutenant said. No getaway car was seen.
Police described both robbers as Latino men in their 30s.
One was of medium build, with brown eyes, thick eyebrows, and a mustache. He wore a dark shirt, a brown plaid jacket and jeans.
The second robber as of thin build wearing a black T-shirt and a gray beanie.