Gunman robs San Dimas gas station


SAN DIMAS >> A man held up a San Dimas gas station attendant at gunpoint early Wednesday, officials said.
The robbery took place about 8:20 a.m. at a 76 Station at 1790 S. San Dimas Ave., at Via Verde, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
A man entered the business, brandished a handgun and demanded money form the clerk, the lieutenant said. After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, the gunman was last seen fleeing the area in a gray sedan.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man in his 30s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 190 to 200 pounds.
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.

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Senior citizen robs Pasadena 99 Cents Only Store


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a senior citizen who robbed a Pasadena 99 Cents Only Store on Friday night.
The crime took place just after 8 p.m. at the store, 1720 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A 20-year-old woman was working at a register when the robber made his move, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect grabbed money from the register while the victim had the drawer open making change for a customer,” he said. “When the victim tried to push the suspect away, he told her he was in possession of a handgun. No gun was seen.”
The robber got into an older-model, beige minivan and drove east away from the store, Goodman said. He was described as a white man between 60 and 70 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 215 pounds, wearing a white baseball cap, a white shirt and green-and-brown shorts.
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 while walking home in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Three men with guns robbed another man as he walked home early Saturday, authorities said.
Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said the robbery unfolded about 2 a.m. as the victim, a 19-year-old man, was walking at Raymond Avenue and Villa Street.
“The victim was walking home when he was approached by the suspects, all of whom were reportedly armed with handguns,” according to Goodman. “The suspects demanded he victim’s money and he complied.” The victim was not hurt.
All three robbers got into a four-door sedan, which was last seen heading north.
They were described as a black man of about 19 years old, 6 feet 6 inches tall, 200 pounds, with a black shirt and dark blue pants; a black man of about 20, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black shirt and dark blue pants; and a Latino man of about 27, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 165 pounds, wearing a black shirt and dark blue 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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Robber pepper sprays liquor store clerk in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A robber sprayed a liquor store clerk with pepper spray before fleeing with cash from the register early Saturday, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 8:30 a.m. at a liquor store in the 10000 block of Alondra Boulevard, near Studebaker Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jaime Alvarez said.
A man entered the store, approached the counter and sprayed the employee with pepper spray, according to the sergeant.
“The suspect then reached over the cash register and took approximately $300,” he said. He got into a black, four-door sedan which was last speeding north through a nearby alley.
Officials described the robber as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a “Nike” logo and black pants.
Paramedics treated the clerk at the scene for pepper spray exposure, but he did not need to be taken to a hospital, Alvarez said.
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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Woman pepper sprayed during Arcadia robbery


ARCADIA >> Police are seeking a man and two women who pepper sprayed a woman during an armed robbery at an Arcadia business on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place shortly before 2 p.m. in the 100 block of East St. Joseph Street, according to Arcadia police Sgt. Luis Juarez.
The woman, an employee of a nearby business, was walking down the street when the three attackers approached, he said.
“The victim stated a female suspect pepper sprayed her as a second female suspect stole the victim’s wallet,” Juarez said in a written statement. “The male suspect told the victim he had a gun and she felt what she believed was a gun pressed up against her body.”
After obtaining the woman’s wallet, the robbers were last seen running west along First Avenue, he said.
Police described the robbers as a Latino man and two Latina women between 25 and 30 years old.
The man was heavyset and wore basketball shorts and a dark-colored shirt.
One of the female robbers wore black clothing, a black hat and black sunglasses, police said. The other had acne on her face and wore workout clothes, a black hat and black sunglasses.
The victim suffered irritation from the pepper spray but did not require to be taken to a hospital, Juarez said.
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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Altadena man jailed following Pasadena video game store robbery


PASADENA >> Police arrested an Altadena man hours after they say he robbed a Pasadena video game store on Wednesday afternoon.
Luis Javier Gallegos, 19, was booked on suspicion of robbery following the 1:45 p.m. robbery at Game Stop, 3401 E. Foothill Blvd., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He entered the store and asked to see a PlayStation video game console, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said. Once the clerk returned with the item, Gallegos brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded it.
The robber also stole several hundred dollars from the store before fleeing the area in a car, Hettema said. But a witness managed to take down the fleeing vehicle’s license plate number.
Police, aided by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, made their way to the home where the getaway car was registered near Mariposa Street and Lake Avenue in Altadena, where they spotted the suspect’s car.
As officials took positions around the home in preparation to take the suspect into custody, he came out of his home and surrendered, the lieutenant said.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and discovered the stolen video game console and cash, as well as a BB or airsoft pistol, he added. The victim identified Gallegos as the man who carried out the robbery.
Gallegos was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, record show.

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San Gabriel man pleads not guilty in slaying of El Monte fast-food worker

EL MONTE >> A San Gabriel man accused of gunning down a fast-food worker during a botched robbery in El Monte last year denied a capital murder charge on Wednesday, authorities said.
Louie Francisco Herrera, 20, pleaded not guilty in connection with the Oct. 21 shooting at a Jack in the Box restaurant at 9220 Flair Drive that claimed the life of 25-year-old Juan Manuel Vidal of El Monte. Vidal was engaged to be married to his longtime girlfriend, had just graduated pharmacy technician school and was looking forward to starting his new career, according to family members and investigators.
Prosecutors allege the special circumstance that Herrera committed murder during an attempted robbery, as well as the special allegation that her personally used a handgun in the crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said in a written statement.
The special allegation makes Herrera potentially eligible for the death penalty if convicted, however, prosecutors have yet to determine whether the death penalty will be sought in the case, according to Ardalani. If capital punishment is not pursued, Herrera could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.
After entering his not guilty plea, Herrera was ordered back to the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 17 for a hearing in the case.
Vidal was working at the cash register when a masked man entered the restaurant holding a handgun, demanded money, and immediately fired shot, which mortally wounded Vidal. The gunman then fled empty-handed.
The violent robbery attempt was captured on video by store surveillance cameras.
•Video: Surveillance camera footage of deadly El Monte Jack in the Box robbery
The case remained unsolved for more than three months, as authorities from El Monte, the County of Los Angeles and Jack in the Box established a reward fund totaling $55,000 in the case.
Tips from the public helped officials identify Herrera as a suspect in the deadly shooting, investigators said. Sheriff’s deputies found him riding as a passenger in a car in Alhambra on Jan. 9 and arrested him without a struggle, according to Detective Adan Torres of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.
Herrera also faces robbery charges in connection with other heists that took place on Oct. 2, 5, 15 and 19 in Irwindale, San Gabriel, Alhambra and Monterey Park, according to sheriff’s and district attorney’s officials.

PHOTOS: [TOP] Photo of murder suspect Louis Francisco Herrera displayed on a poster during a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department press conference on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Leo Jarzomb) [MIDDLE] Photo of homicide victim Juan Manuel Vidal, 25, of El Monte. (Courtesy) [BELOW] Photograph of crime scene taken one day after the slaying. (Brian Day)

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Teens robbed at gunpoint in Valinda


VALINDA >> A gunman with tattooed shins robbed a group of teenagers of their cell phones at gunpoint in a residential neighborhood in Valinda on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The crime took place shortly after 1 p.m. as three boys in their late teens were walking in the area of Caldwell Street and Echelon Avenue in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Gina Eguia said.
A robber approached the young men, brandished a black-and-green semi-automatic handgun and demanded their cell phones, the sergeant said.
Two of the boys handed over their phones, and the robber was last seen running east along Caldwell Avenue, she said. No injuries were reported.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man of about 20 years old, of thin build, with brown hair and brown eyes and tattoos on both of his shins, Eguia said. He wore a gray shirt and fray basketball shorts.
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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Bandit sought in Glendora bank robbery


GLENDORA >> A man carried out a robbery at a Glendora bank branch on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place shortly before 5:20 p.m. at the Bank of America, 843 E. Arrow Highway, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
A man entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash, he said. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was seen.
Officers searched the area but did not find the culprit, Lamborghini said. A description of the robber was not available.
No further details were available Saturday.
Anyone with information can reach the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Two jailed following tool robbery at Pasadena hardware store


PASADENA >> Two men threatened a Pasadena hardware store manager with a knife while stealing a tool on Friday before police apprehend them minutes later on the 210 Freeway, police said.
Tracy Anthony Ingram, 48, of Baldwin Park and Eric Wayne Browne, 55, of Los Angeles were booked on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon following the 6 p.m. robbery at True Value Hardware, 409 N. Fair Oaks Ave., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Browne asked an employee to show him a tool that was inside a locked display case, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“When the clerk opened the case to show him the tool, he grabbed it and ran out of the store to a waiting van with several other occupants,” according to Goodman.
The store’s manager chased after the thief and confronted him after he had climbed into the van as a passenger.
“The driver of the van, suspect Ingram, pulled out a knife and threatened the manager with it, Goodman said. “The manager, fearing for his safety, backed away and the vehicle left the parking lot.”
Witnesses were able to give police the description and license plate number of the van, and officers quickly found it driving on the eastbound 210 Freeway. Police pulled over the van at Altadena Drive and arrested the two suspects without a struggle. The stolen tool was recovered. It was not clear Saturday morning what it was.
Another man, a woman and a child were also riding as passengers of the van were released at the scene, along with the van, Goodman said.
Ingram and Browne were being held in lieu of $100,000 each pending their initial court appearances, records show.

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