Suspect sought in Monterey Park attempted robbery, sexual battery

MONTEREY PARK >> Police in Monterey Park are seeking a man who robbed and sexually battered a woman last week and may be responsible for a similar crime last month on the same block, officials said Thursday.
In both cases, a man approached and tried to rob women in the 800 block of West El Repetto Drive, according to Monterey Park police Sgt. Rick Munder.
The most recent crime occurred about 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 15, police said.
“A female was approached by the described suspect while seated in her vehicle,” Munder said in a written statement.
“He demanded money from the victim. When the victim told him she had no money, the suspect fondled the victim in her car,” he said.
The man fled on foot before police arrived and was not found. He was described as a Latino man of about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of medium build.
The victim was able to help police create a composite sketch of her attacker.
Police were looking into the possibility the crime was related to another incident reported on Nov. 17 at an apartment complex, however a concrete link had not been established, Munder said.
“A female was approached in the walkway of her apartment complex by the described suspect,” the sergeant said. “He demanded money from the victim and attempted to grab her, however, the victim fought back.”
The would-be robber, described as a Latino man of about 6 feet tall and of medium build, was not found.\
In both incidents, the suspect wore a hooded sweatshirt, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monterey Park police detectives at 626-307-1487. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Woman attacked and robbed in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A man punched a woman and robbed her of her purse in Norwalk early Wednesday, authorities said.
A woman was walking about 9:30 a.m. in the 11400 block of Excelsior Drive when the robber approached, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Cunningham said.
He punched the woman and then forced her purse away from her, the sergeant said. No significant injuries were reported.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man between 25 and 30 years old, wearing a gray sweater, blue jeans and a baseball cap.
He fled in a burgundy Honda sedan.
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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3 suspects jailed, 1 sought following Montebello cell phone store robbery


MONTEBELLO >> Montebello police arrested three suspects, including one found hiding in a trash can, and sought a fourth following a robbery at a cell phone store on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
The robbery took place about 1:45 p.m. at a MetroPCS store at 1102 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
Four men had entered the store and demanded employees turn over four new cell phones, according to the statement. The employees complied, and the suspect fled the business on foot.
Two officers who happened to be nearby spotted the group running from the store, officials said. The officers were not aware of the robbery that had just taken place, but attempted to stop the men because of the suspicious behavior.
“The suspects did not stop and split up,” according to the statement.
Officers quickly detained one of the suspects, but the other three continued fleeing. Police set up a search perimeter, with help from neighboring police agencies, to seek the outstanding suspects.
One additional suspect was caught after he tried to run from officers in the 600 block of Howard Avenue, police said.
The third suspect was apprehended about 7:25 p.m. after witnesses called police to report seeing a man matching the description released by police via social media. Officers were preparing to search the neighborhood when an officer heard a loud noise coming from a nearby side yard. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Depatment helicopter noticed a trash can had been turned upside down.
“While attempting to contact the residents at the location regarding their trash cans, one of the officers saw shoes sticking out from underneath the trash can,” the police statement said. “Moments later, the suspect was found to be hiding inside the trash can and he was taken into custody.”
The fourth and final suspect was not found.
The identities of the three arrested suspects were not available Wednesday morning.

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73-year-old woman robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who attacked and robbed a 73-year-old woman in Pasadena late Saturday.
The crime unfolded about 8:40 p.m. at El Molino Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
The victim, a Pasadena resident, was walking to her car when the suspect snuck up on her, he said.
“The suspect grabbed her from behind, through her to the ground, snatched her purse and fled on foot,” the lieutenant said.
The woman suffered a scraped knee during the robbery but did not require medical treatment, he said.
Officials described the robber as a man in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood covering his face.
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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Masked man robs woman in Arcadia


ARCADIA >> A masked man robbed a senior citizen of her purse in Arcadia on Sunday morning, police said.
The crime was reported about 8:05 a.m. in the 400 block of West Naomi Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Tom Cullen said in a written statement.
A Hacienda Ieghts woman in her 60s was walking down the street when she noticed a man wearing a black mask get out of an SUV and approach her, Cullen said.
“The victim tried to run away, but she fell,” he said. “The suspect picked up the victim’s purse and returned to his vehicle. The suspect vehicle left westbound on Naomi Avenue.”
Cullen said the woman was not injured.
Police described the robber as a Latino man between 30 and 40 years old, heavyset and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. “He wore a black long-sleeve shirt and dark pants. He fled in an older-model, small, white SUV with tinted windows.
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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Three sought in San Dimas 7-Eleven robbery


SAN DIMAS >> Deputies are seeking three robbers who held up a 7-Eleven store early Thursday morning.
The crime took place about 3:10 a.m. at the convenience store at 660 E. Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
Two employees were working at the store when a blue, four-door car, possible a Honda, pulled into the parking lot, the lieutenant said.
Two robbers exited the car while a getaway driver waited at the wheel, he said.
They entered the store, pointed a revolver at the two men working behind the counter and ordered them to fill a bag with money from the cash register, Reid said. The robbers then got back into the car with the stolen cash and sped off.
No injuries were reported.
Deputies described one of the robbers as a Latino man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a blue baseball cap. The second robber was also a Latino man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 200 pounds and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.
No description of the getaway driver was available.
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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Pizza delivery man attacked, robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Two men attacked and robbed a pizza delivery man after he dropped off an order in Pasadena late Wednesday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 9:55 p.m. as the victim, a 24-year-old man, had just completed a delivery in the 600 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The driver was walking back to his car when he was approached by the suspects on foot,” he said.
One of the robbers punched the victim in the face, and the other pulled a handgun and pistol-whipped the deliver driver several times, Luna said. The victim was not injured.
The men grabbed cash from the victim’s pockets and fled, the lieutenant said. They were last seen running east along Washington Boulevard.
Detailed suspect descriptions were 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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Man robs Rosemead bank branch


ROSEMEAD >> A man carried out a robbery at a bank branch inside a Rosemead Walmart store on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The heist took place about 3 p.m. at a U.S. Bank branch inside of the Walmart Supercenter, 1827 Walnut Grove Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tom McNeil said.
A robber approached a teller and handed over a note demanding cash, the lieutenant said. He also demanded money verbally.
Though he claimed to have a gun, no weapon was seen during the crime, McNeil said.
The robber was last seen fleeing on foot after obtaining an undetermined amount of cash from the teller. No getaway car was seen.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man, between 35 and 40 years old, wearing a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and a black hat.
The FBI joined sheriff’s deputies in the investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man robbed at gunpoint outside San Dimas motel


SAN DIMAS >> A robber took advantage of a man’s generosity in order to rob him at gunpoint outside a San Dimas motel on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 12:40 p.m. outside Motel 6, 502 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Terrence Smith said.
The victim was standing outside the motel when the robber approached him and asked for money, the sergeant said.
When the victim pulled his wallet from his backpack to give the man some money, the panhandler suddenly pulled a handgun and threatened to kill the victim if he did not hand over his wallet, Smith said. The victim complied.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man of about 25 years old, with a shaved head, wearing a dark blue-and-red plaid shirt. He was last seen running east on Arrow Highway.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700.

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Woman attacked, robbed along walkway in Industry


INDUSTRY >> A man attacked and robbed a woman as she walked along a pedestrian pathway in Industry late Friday, officials said.
The woman was walking along a trail near the intersection of Temple and Azusa avenues about 7:30 p.m. when the robber approached, Sgt. D. Contreras of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Industry Station said.
The suspect demanded money and punched the woman in the face and shoulder, he said. The robber managed to steal about $200 from the woman and fled.
Contreras said the victim did not wish to be taken to a hospital.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
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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