Man robs teenage girl of soft drink at knifepoint in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who they say robbed a teenage girl of a bottle of soda at knifepoint on Wednesday afternoon.
The crime took place about 5 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The robber approached a teenage girl, grabber by the arm, brandished a knife and demanded her cell phone, Luna said.
When the girl refused to turn over her phone, the robber snatched a bottle of soda she was holding and ran away, according to the lieutenant.
He was last seen running west along Orange Grove Boulevard. The girl was not injured.
Police described the robber as a white or Latino man in his late-teens, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, of thin build, wearing a T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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PHOTOS: Gunman robs same La Habra gas station twice

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LA HABRA >> Police are seeking a gunman who robbed the same La Habra has station twice in recent weeks and may be linked to additional robberies throughout the region, authorities said.
The robber struck Monday at the a Shell gas station, 101 E. Imperial Highway, and previously on Aug. 31 at the same service station, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
“The suspects’ descriptions in both instances are similar, as are the circumstances surrounding each robbery,” La Habra police officials said in a written statement. “The suspect is still outstanding and the investigation is ongoing.”
In Monday’s crime, the gunman entered the business about 8 p.m., displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the clerk, police said. The robber fled with about $200 in cash.
He wore a brown fedora, sunglasses, white pants and a black-and-blue long-sleeve shirt during the heist.
The Aug. 31 robbery occurred in the same manner. In that case, the gunman wore sunglasses, a black baseball cap, a black jacket, blue jeans and white gloves. He locked the clerk in the station’s bathroom before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police have released surveillance camera images of the suspect taken during the robberies in hopes a member of the public recognizes him.
Detectives were also looking into the possibility the same robber may be responsible for other similar crimes reported in nearby jurisdictions, Baylos said.
The robber is described as a 45- to 55-year-old man with a dark complexion, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, between 200 and 230 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked contact La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at www.tip411.com.

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SURVEILLANCE photos courtesy of the La Habra Police Department

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Woman robbed in Irwindale after arranging Craigslist transaction, 2 suspects jailed


IRWINDALE >> Police, aided by a good Samaritan, jailed two men after they robbed a woman of an iPhone in front of an Irwindale coffee shop after she arranged to sell the device online, authorities said.
Justin Mitchell Huff, 19, of Riverside was arrested for robbery and resisting arrest, and Bryan Joseph Gomez, 19, of Huntington Park was arrested for robbery, conspiracy, hit-and-run and resisting arrest, according to Irwindale police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A woman had arranged to sell her iPhone 7 via Craigslist and met the purported buyer shortly after noon outside a Starbucks, 15700 Arrow Highway, Irwindale police Sgt. George Zendejas said.
“When the victim arrived, she met the suspect to the front of the store and the suspect forcefully took the phone from the victim, struggling and pushing her in the process,” police said in a written statement. “The victim sustained minor scratches from the altercation.”
A good Samaritan saw the robbery occur and watches as the robber hopped into a getaway car with a driver waiting at the wheel.
The witnesses called police and followed behind the suspects car, Zendejas said.
The suspects crashed into a parked car in the 4700 block of Irwindale Avenue and continued to flee on foot, police said.
“Officers converged in the area and located the two outstanding suspects in the area of Fraijo Avenue near Burrola Street,” according to the statement. Huff and his alleged getaway driver, Gomez, were arrested without a struggle.
Officers also recovered a replica handgun from the suspects’ car, Zendejas said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Irwindale Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 626-430-2239.
According to booking records, Huff and Gomez were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each pending their initial court appearances.
In an effort to combat exactly this type of crime, Irwindale police officials in May unveiled an e-commerce and child custody exchange “safe zone,” monitored by surveillance cameras, in front of the Irwindale Police Department at 5050 N. Irwindale Ave.
“The purpose of the designated parking spots is to help ease the worry that a crime may occur during these types of encounters,” police said in a statement.

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Las Vegas man jailed in series of Pasadena robberies


PASADENA >> Police arrested a Las Vegas man Sunday in connection with a string of at least four strong-arm robberies in northwest Pasadena over recent days, including one targeting a 12-year-old girl, officials said.
Tremarie Jackson, 18, was booked on suspicion of robbery following his arrest about 12:45 p.m., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
In response to a spate of four chain-snatching robberies targeting women and a girl since Sept. 16 in the vicinity of Fair Oaks Avenue and Washington Boulevard, officers had been paying special attention to the area, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers spotted a man matching the description of the robber, even wearing the same clothing worn in a robbery the previous day, walking with a gold chain dangling from his hand, Mercado said.
The man, later identified as Jackson, ran from officers into a nearby apartment complex, the lieutenant said.
As officers were searching the area, they found a car trying to leave the area and stopped it.
Jackson was found trying to hide, lying down in the back seat of the car, Mercado said. All three suspected were arrested.
Driver Raven Dixon, 19, of Pasadena and front passenger Fox Devonte, 21, of Pasadena were booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The chain Jackson was seen carrying was not found, Mercado said. No victims had come forward Sunday afternoon to report have been robbed of a necklace in the area.
In each of the four crimes reported so far, a man approached female victims, snatched gold necklaces from their necks and ran off, Mercado said. In one of the cases, on Washington Boulevard, the man robbed a 12-year-old girl.
The string of robberies believed linked to Jackson were reported about 2 p.m. on Saturday at Glen Avenue and Pepper Street; about 3 p.m. on Thursday in the 500 block of East Washington Boulevard; about 9 a.m. Tuesday at Fair Oaks Avenue and Hammond Street; and about 10 a.m. Sept. 16 in the 600 block of Palisade Street, police said.
Jackson, Dixon and Fox were being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending their initial court appearances, records show.
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 slashed with knife during robbery in Montebello


MONTEBELLO >> Police are seeking a man who slashed a teen’s hand with a knife during a robbery along Whittier Boulevard Saturday morning, officials said.
The teenage boy was walking at Whittier and Montebello boulevards about 10:40 a.m. when the robber approached, Montebello police Lt. Boris Zeissig said.
The robber brandished a knife and demanded property from the victim, ultimately fleeing with items including a cell phone, according to the lieutenant.
At some point during the robbery, the teen suffered a cut to his hand, he said.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the crime was related to another knifepoint robbery reported just over an hour before and four miles away in Monterey Park, though a concrete link had not been established, authorities said.
In that case, a woman was walking alone in the 1900 block of South Atlantic Avenue when a man approached from behind, Monterey Park Lt. Tina Montoya said. He brandished a knife and robbed her of her cash, purse and cell phone.
Police described the Monterey Park robber as a Latino man in his early-30s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short black hair and wearing all black clothing.
Anyone with information can reach Montebello police at 323-887-1313, or Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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La Puente man arrested following gas station robbery


LA PUENTE >> Deputies arrested a suspect minutes after a robbery at a La Puente gas station on Saturday, authorities said.
Rogelio Diaz, 22, of La Puente was booked on suspicion of robbery following the 10:55 a.m. heist at a Chevron station, 777 Glendora Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Arthur Scott said.
He wore a bandana over his face when he entered the gas station and demanded money from a female employee, the lieutenant said. The suspect, later identified as Diaz, kept his right hand covered with another bandana and gestures as if he had a handgun concealed beneath it. It was later determined he had no gun.
The frightened attendant handed over about $480 from the cash register and the suspect ran off. He was last seen running south along Glendora Avenue.
Deputies responding to the reported robbery spotted Diaz nearby and detained him in the area of Temple Avenue and Gaylawn Court, Scott said.
He was arrested once the victim identified him as the robber, he said. Deputies found Diaz to be in possession of two bandanas, as well as a little more than $480 in cash.
According to county booking records, Diaz was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the El Monte branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Woman robbed at knifepoint in Monterey Park


MONTEREY PARK >> A man robbed a woman of her wallet at knifepoint along Atlantic Avenue early Saturday, police said.
The crime took place about 9:35 a.m. in the 1900 block of South Atlantic Boulevard, just south of Brightwood Street, Monterey Park police Lt. Tina Montoya said.
The woman was walking alone when she was approached from behind by a robber who brandished a knife and threatened to stab her if she didn’t give him money, the lieutenant said.
The woman handed over a small amount of cash, she said. Unsatisfied, the robber reached into the woman’s purse and snatched her wallet and cell phone as well. The victim was unhurt.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in his early-30s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short black hair and wearing all black clothing.
Anyone with information can reach Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Pasadena man accused of stealing can of soda at knifepoint


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man is accused of armed robbery over can of soda after he pulled a knife on a store employee who confronted him about the alleged theft Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Lorenzo Amado Matson, 22, was jailed immediately following the 12:45 p.m. incident at the 99 Cents Only Store, 442 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
He stole a can of soda from the store, and the employee confronted him, the lieutent said. Matson pulled a knife and threatened the employee before fleeing.
The worker followed after Matson and directed police to him, Luna said. Officers arrested him without a struggle.
According to county booking records, Matson was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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South Pasadena hardware store employee pepper-sprayed, stabbed by robber; suspect jailed


SOUTH PASADENA >> A repeat convicted felon pepper-sprayed and stabbed a hardware store employee who tried to stop him from shoplifting Saturday evening, police said.
Officers arrested Jay William Brewer, 48, of Sylmar on suspicion of attempted murder shortly after the incident, which unfolded about 8 p.m. at Orchard Supply Hardware, 452 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena police Sgt. Shannon Robledo said.
An employee of the store saw Brewer set off the store’s anti-theft alarm while leaving the store, so he followed him outside and confronted him about the alleged theft, the sergeant said.
“In an attempt to escape, the suspect sprayed the employee with pepper spray,” Robledo said in a written statement. “The employee was disoriented for a moment, but continued after the suspect.”
“During a second confrontation, the suspect produced a knife, stabbing the employee in the abdomen before fleeing,” according to the sergeant.
The victim, a man in his 50s, was taken to a hospital with “significant, but non-life-threatening” injuries, he added.
Officers found Brewer hiding in the area and arrested him without a struggle. They recovered the pocket knife believed to have been used in the stabbing, as well as other pieces of evidence from Brewer.
No property from the store was recovered, and it was unclear what the suspect may have stolen from the business, Robledo said.
Brewer has a lengthy criminal history, including past convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary, possession of a dangerous weapon, criminal threats, vehicle theft, petty theft and violating parole.
According to Los Angeles County booking records,, Brewer was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Alhambra Police Department jail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in the Alhambra branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Anyone with information is urged to contact South Pasadena police at 626-403-7297.

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2 gunmen sought in Santa Fe Springs insurance agency robbery


SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Police are seeking two gunman who robbed a Washington Boulevard insurance agency Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The crime unfolded about 4:20 p.m. at Fred Loya Insurance, 11418 Washington Blvd., in Santa Fe Springs, Whittier police Lt. Jay Tatman said.
Three women were working inside the business when the two robbers entered office, pointed handguns and the workers and demanded money, the lieutenant said.
They fled with an undetermined amount of cash, he said. No injuries were reported.
Police described the robbers as two Latino men in their mid-20s, both about 5 feet 6 inches tall and of thin build. Both wore baggy hooded sweat shirts and dark jeans, and both carried handguns.
They were last seen fleeing from the business on foot, Tatman said. No getaway car was observed.
Detectives were working to obtain surveillance camera footage of the crime, he added.
Anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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