Caught on camera: Man and woman sought in El Monte convenience store robbery


EL MONTE >> Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a tattoo-faced man and woman who took customers hostage during an armed robbery at an El Monte convenience store over the weekend.
The crime unfolded just after midnight on Sunday at Circle K, 5202 Peck Road, El Monte police Sgt. Richard Luna said.
“Both (robbers) came in armed,” he said.
The male gunman demanded money from the clerk as his female accomplice pointed her handgun at two customers who tried to leave and forced them to stay in the store during the robbery, the sergeant said.
After obtaining cash from the employee, the suspect fled from the store and were last seen running south toward Hemlock Street, police said.
Police described one of the robbers as a Latino man of about 35 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, with a mustache, a “soul patch” goatee and a eagle tattoo on the right side of his face. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and gray tennis shoes, and carried a black-and-gray semi-automatic handgun.
The second robber was a Latina woman of about 17 or 18 years old, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, 110 to 120 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. She wore a hooded sweater and gray pants and she carried a chrome semi-automatic handgun.
Anyone with information is asked to contact El Monte police at 626-580-2114, or via email at tips@empd.org. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
“Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous,” Luna added.

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Seven suspects arrested following Glendora break-in

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GLENDORA >> Police arrested seven people on suspicion of crimes including home-invasion robbery and being felon in possession of a gun after a break-in in a Glendora neighborhood late Tuesday, authorities said.
Doncell Alize Hannah, 23, of Palmdale; Christopher Tyrone Hicks, 24, of Pasadena; Howard Dennis Vaughn IV, 24, of Pasadena; Elante Lamar Gilliam, 25, of Altadena; Roger Rynell Tillotson, 22, of Adelanto, Jonee Jaquan Barnett, 25, of Lancaster; and Kayla Johnell Hunter, 28, of Pasadena were ultimately arrested on suspicion of crimes including burglary, home-invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Glendora police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The suspects were charged with crimes including residential burglary, home invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest an acting as an accessory, Glendora police Cpl. Shawna Celello said in a written statement.
The incident began about 9 p.m., when a resident of the 200 block of North Greencroft Avenue, when a resident called police to reports seeing suspicious people in ski masks making their way through his backyard via a home surveillance camera system, Celello said.
Responding officers noticed a suspicious, silver Mercedes-Benz SUV driving through the neighborhood, the corporal said. Police stopped the SUV and ultimately arrested two men inside in connection with the burglary.
“At about the same time officers heard a resident screaming inside of her residence and then saw three males run from that home,” Celello said. “Investigation into the incident revealed that these homeowners had just arrived home and interrupted a burglary-in-progress at the same time the Glendora police officers were containing the area from the original call.”
Three men ran from the home, she said. “Several loaded firearms that had just been stolen from the residence were thrown by the suspects in the street and in a nearby yard.”
One of the fleeing suspects was immediately captured, police said.
Another nearby resident’s report of suspicious person in her neighbor’s yard led officers to find the second fleeing suspect hiding in the crawl space of a house and without a struggle.
The third and final fleeing suspect was found hiding in an parked, covered car and arrested with the help of Glendora police K-9 “Bo,” Celello said.
But the arrests continued.
Officers stopped a second suspicious car being driven by a woman. “Investigation revealed she was attempting to rescue the final outstanding suspect and she was arrested for accessory to the burglary,” according to Celello.
Police also stopped a third suspicious car that was driving through the area without license plates. The driver and passenger were both arrested for accessory to the crimes, but the passenger was ultimately released without charges.
Hicks and Vaughn, who are already on probation due to previous convictions, were being held without bail pending their initial court appearances, according to police and booking records. Hannah, Gilliam and Tillotson were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail each, while Barnett and Hunter were released from custody after posting $20,000 bail each.

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Man and woman sought in Pasadena stereo shop robbery


PASADENA >> A man and woman used a screwdriver to rob electronic components from a car stereo shop in Pasadena on Thursday afternoon, police said.
The crime took place about 3:30 p.m. at Joys Sound, 849 N. Lake Ave., Psadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A man and woman, both in their 20s and both wearing dark clothing, entered the store together, he said.
As the man distracted the clerk by asking him about merchandise, the woman reached over the counter and grabbed stereo installation kit, according to the lieutenant.
“The clerk contemplate giving chase to the suspects, however, (the man) blocked the door and brandished a screwdriver while (the woman) got into a dark-colored sedan,” he said.
The male robber then joined the woman inside the car, which sped out of sight.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Police: Man jailed after breaking into Pasadena house where kids were home alone


PASADENA >> A man smashed his way into a Pasadena home with two children inside on Saturday afternoon before other family members arrived home to interrupt the break-in, chased him from the home and pointed him out to police, officials said.
Carlos Casares, 36, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of residential robbery and burglary following the 4 p.m. incident in the 1900 block of North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 13-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were home alone when they heard that sound of shattering glass.
“(They) discovered the suspect had made his way into a bedroom and was rummaging through a closet,” the lieutenant said.
After the siblings confronted the intruder and calling 911, the teenage girl locked herself in a bathroom to hide, Goodman said. Casares was in the process of kicking in the bathroom door when the terrified teenagers’ father and adult brother arrived home, just before police arrived.
“They chased the suspect from the location,” Goodman said. As officers arrived on scene, the men pointed out where the suspect had run. Police found and arrested him down the street.
Goodman said the children were frightened but unhurt.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Casares was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Elderly woman attacked, robbed in Alhambra


ALHAMBRA >> Police are seeking a man who attacked and robbed an elderly woman at an Alhambra apartment complex on Saturday afternoon.
A woman in her 80s was outdoors at a complex in the 900 block of East Valley Boulevard just after 1 p.m. when the robber, described only as male, approached, Alhambra police Sgt. Ruben Soriano said.
“She doesn’t remember much,” he said.
The robber assaulted the woman, leaving her with a bruised head, according to the sergeant. It was unclear whether any weapon was used.
He then fled with the woman’s purse, Soriano said. Officers searched the area but did not find the culprit.
The woman hospitalized for examination, but was not believed to have suffered any life-threatening injuries, he said.
Anyone with information can reach Alhambra police at 626-570-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Two arrested following Alhambra robbery, attempted carjacking


ALHAMBRA >> Two Pico Rivera men robbed and tried to carjack a man and woman at gunpoint when they caught them burglarizing her car in Alhambra before police found and arrested them nearby early Saturday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 12:30 a.m. in the 500 block of South Almansor Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Ruben Soriano said.
A woman and man saw two men rifling through the woman’s car, the sergeant said.
“Then the victims confronted the suspects, one suspect brandished a handgun and the other suspect brandished a knife,” police said in a written statement.
“They stole one victim’s purse and tried to take the victims’ car keys,” according to the statement.
The suspects then fled the scene on foot.
Police found the two suspects about 45 minutes later, two blocks away, after a resident called police to report two suspicious men in a backyard in the 400 block of South Cordova Avenue, police said.
Steven Perez, 21, and Anthony Bruno, 19, both of Pico Rivera, were booked on suspicion of robbery and attempted carjacking.
A search of the area during daylight hours turned up a replica handgun with its orange tip removed, which police said they believed was the gun seen by the victims.
According to county booking records, Perez and Bruno were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances, scheduled Wednesday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Man robbed at gunpoint along Arrow Highway in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> Two men robbed another man at gunpoint along Arrow Highway in San Dimas on Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place about 4:05 p.m. as the victim, a 47-year-old man, was sitting in front of a business in the 300 block of West Arrow Highway, awaiting a ride, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
Two men approached the victim and asked him if he had any money, the lieutenant said. One of them then pulled a semi-automatic pistol and demanded the man’s money.
Fearing for his life, the victim turned over about $200, Reid said.
The robbers were last seen running north on Acacia Avenue.
Deputies described the robbers as two black men. One was 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, 220 to 250 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The second robber was 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, 170 to 200 pounds, also wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 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.

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Pasadena man fights off would-be armed robbers with lamp


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man used a lamp to fight off two would-be armed robbers, who then crashed their getaway car while fleeing the scene and ran on Thursday afternoon, police said.
The incident unfolded about 3 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A man in his 20s was standing in a driveway in the 1000 block of North Michigan Avenue when two suspects approached in a car and stopped in the street, he said.
Both suspects got out of the car. One of them brandished a knife “in a threatening manner” and demanded the victim empty his pockets.
The victim picked up a lamp that happened to be nearby and used it to defend himself, Luna said.
The robbers punched him in the face during the fight that ensued before fleeing empty handed.
Luna said the robbers got back into their car and sped off, but collided into another car being driven by a woman at Michigan Avenue and Mountain Street, Luna said. They abandoned their car and continued fleeing on foot. They were not found, though police seized the car as evidence.
The victim of the robbery attempt suffered cuts to his face but declined medical treatment, Luna said. The woman driving the car struck by the suspects was no hurt.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man sought in Pasadena purse-snatching


PASADENA >> A man robbed a woman of her purse in Pasadena late Wednesday, police said.
A 42-year-old Pasadena woman was walking about 10 p.m. in the area of Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street when the robber approached, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
“The suspect came from behind and forcefully removed the handbag from the victim’s left shoulder,” he said. “ The suspect fled with the loss westbound on Buckeye Street out of sight. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located.”
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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San Gabriel robbery suspects arrested following pursuit

SAN GABRIEL >> Two men accused of robbing a San Gabriel cell phone store on Wednesday afternoon led police on a high-speed chase before being cornered and apprehended in Los Angeles, authorities said.
An officer first tried to stop the suspects’ car about 5:51 p.m. for a routine traffic violation in the area of San Gabriel Boulevard, south of Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel Police Lt. Tony Hernandez said.
The driver failed to pull over, instead starting a chase during which he drove recklessly and at high speed down the westbound 10 Freeway, he said.
As the pursuit was ongoing, police received information that the car was believed to have been involved in a robbery that occurred about 5:45 p.m. at a cell phone store in the 800 block of Valley Boulevard, according to the lieutenant.
Two men with at least one gun had entered the store and fled with about 20 phones, he said. It was not immediately clear if cash was also taken.
Officers continued chasing the suspects as they exited the freeway at Mission Road in Los Angeles and crashed into another motorist, Hernandez said. The two suspects abandoned the car and continued to flee on foot. The other driver involved in the crash was unhurt.
The fleeing suspects ran directly into a commercial property enclosed by a 6-foot-tall, razor-wire-topped fence, he said. They surrendered once they realized they were trapped.
The suspects identities were not immediately available.
Police were re-tracing the path of the pursuit late Wednesday in search of items possible tossed from the suspects during the chase, he added.

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