PASADENA — A group of young men beat and robbed another man early Sunday, police said.
The victim, a 37-year-old man, was walking about 2 a.m. at Orange Grove Boulevard and Worcester Avenue when a white sedan containing five to six attacker described only as black men in their 20s pulled up, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. The group exited the car.
“They got out and accused him of being a rival gang member, which he’s not,” Clawson said.
The victim ran, chased by the group of young men, the lieutenant said.
When the fleeing victim tripped and fell, “the suspects began to punch and kick him several times,” he said. They then helped themselves to the items in the man’s pockets before fleeing in the white car they arrived in.
Police said the victim declined to be taken to a hospital.
PICO RIVERA >> A man with a handgun robbed a Pico Rivera pharmacy Wednesday of prescription-strength cough syrup commonly used in the street drug known as “purple drank,” officials said.
The robbery took place about 2:40 p.m. at the Rivera Pharmacy, 9253 Telegraph Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Dodson said.
The robber was described as a white man with a bandana covering his face who carried a handgun, the sergeant said. He brandished the weapon and demanded cough syrup.
Initial reports indicated the cough syrup contained promethazine and codeine. The same type of cough syrup is commonly mixed with soda and candy to create the illicit intoxicant known as “purple drank,”
“Promethazine is commonly known on the street as “purple drank,” “syrup,” “purple liquid” and “lean,” with the latter name coming from the abuser’s difficulty in standing up straight,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations officials said in a 2011 statement. “Promethazine is a central nervous system depressant which can cause death if it is combined with alcohol.”
PASADENA — A young man’s attempt at selling an item via social media turned into a robbery early Wednesday when the prospective buyer pulled knife, police said.
The crime took place just after 12:15 a.m. in the 2700 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Sgt. John Mercado said.
An 18-year-old Glendale man arranged to meet another man, initially described as being in his 30s, to sell an item over the Internet, the sergeant said. Further information regarding that the victim was trying to sell or what social media service was used was not available.
But when the would-be seller and buyer met, the buyer pulled a knife and robbed the young man of the property, Mercado said.
Handling detectives could not be reached for further details late Wednesday.
WHITTIER — A 24-year-old Whittier man is accused of shooting at a man following a failed carjacking Thursday, police said.
Jesse Duran was booked on suspicion of attempted carjacking and attempted murder following the series of event, which began about 6:10 p.m. in the 6300 block of Newlin Avenue, Whittier police Officer Brad White said. Additional charges were also expected.
“The victim in the incident told officers he had arrived home in his car, which he had parked in the alley, when he was approached by the suspect,” White said.
“Duran demanded the victim’s car, however, the victim refused,” the officer said. The victim drove away from the would-be carjacker and called police before parking in front of his home and waiting for officers to arrive.
“He exited his vehicle only to find Duran waiting there with a handgun,” White said.
The victim ran north along Newlin Avenue as Duran fired two shots at him, but missed, police said.
Responding officers found Duran in the 6300 block of Comstock Avenue and arrested him without a struggle, White said. The handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was found discarded nearby.
Duran and his alleged victim did not know one another prior to Thursday’s incident, White said.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A gunman wearing a business suit fled empty-handed late Thursday following a failed robbery at a Rite Aid Pharmacy, authorities said.
The would-be robber entered the pharmacy, 2060 S. Hacienda Boulevard, and began walking around the business, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
He then made his way to the pharmacy counter, where he pulled a small, silver semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at a female employee.
He told the woman to stand in front of him, but she instead fled from him, grabbed a telephone and notified fellow employees to lock the front doors, the lieutenant said.
The gunman unsuccessfully tried to hop the pharmacy counter before making his way back to the store’s main entrance, Enriquez said.
The armed man escaped after ordering an employee to open the locked front door, Enriquez added.
Officials described the failed robber as a Latino man in his 40s or 50s, with salt and pepper hair, wearing a gray suit with a tie and round-framed glasses.
He was last seen getting into a white, 2000s-model Toyota sedan with a waiting driver. The car headed north on Hacienda Boulevard.
WEST COVINA — Three masked men robbed a Sizzler restaurant early Thursday, officials said.
The crime took place shortly before 10 a.m. at the eatery in the 1100 block of West West Covina Parkway, West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said.
Three robbers had at least one gun when they entered the restaurant and demanded money, Lopez said. They ultimately fled with an unknown amount of cash from the business’ safe.
The robbers were last seen running east from the restaurant, Lopez added. No getaway car was seen.
Police described them as three black men between 18 and 25 years old. All wore dark ski masks, hats and sunglasses, and all wore dark clothing.
Further details were not immediately available.
COVINA — A heavyset gunman robbed a RadioShack store and its employees late Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The heist took place about 6:20 p.m. at the store, 1065 West Badillo Street, Covina police Lt. Dave Foster said.
The gunman demanded money from the cash register, and also demanded employees’ property such as wallets and cell phones, the lieutenant said.
The robber then ordered the employees to a back room before running off, Foster said.
He was described as a Latino man in his late-30s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 300 pounds, Foster said. He wore a blue shirt, jeans and a black baseball cap.
MONROVIA — A robber who held up a Monrovia RadioShack at gunpoint Thursday may be responsible for other similar crimes in the region, authorities said.
Thursday’s robbery took place about 3:45 p.m. at the store at 340 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia police Sgt. Heath Harvey said.
The robber entered the store and brought a product to the register as if about to make a purchase, the sergeant said. But he then displayed a handgun and demanded money from an employee before fleeing with an unknown amount of cash.
Police described him as a white man between 38 and 42, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, of average build, with possibly green eyes.
A similar suspect description was mentioned in connection with another RadioShack robbery in Pasadena exactly one month ago on Feb. 20, authorities said. Detectives were looking into whether the Monrovia robber was linked to the Pasadena crime, as well as any others in the area.
In the Pasadena robbery, a man entered a RadioShack at 3535 Foothill Blvd, brandished a handgun and demanded cash, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said at the time.
He was described as a white man in his early 40s, who was armed with a handgun.
ROSEMEAD — A man lost cash to a robber as he walked home early Wednesday, authorities said.
The crime took place shortly after 4:15 a.m. in the 4000 block of Loma Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ismael Chavez said.
A man in his 20s was walking when he was approached by a robber described as a Latino man in his 20s, wearing dark clothes and a dark hooded sweatshirt, Detective Sgt. Steve Ruiz said.
The robber was possibly armed with a handgun, though investigators had not yet confirmed that whether that was the case, Ruiz said.
After obtaining cash from the victim, the robber was last seen running south on Loma Avenue toward Valley Boulevard, Chavez said.
COVINA — Police arrested an alleged restaurant robber Wednesday at the end of a two-hour standoff, officials said.
Daniel Robert Zamora, 43, of Covina is accused of robbery following the 3:30 p.m. heist at the Fonda Don Chon Mexican Restaurant, 618 E. Shoppers Lane, Covina police Detective Sgt. Jim McDonough said in a written statement.
He entered the restaurant, claimed to have a handgun and demanded money from the register, police said. He fled east from the store after obtaining cash, but was followed by an employee of the restaurant.
“Covina police officers and detectives quickly learned that the suspect was seen in an apartment complex in the 500 block of South Stewart Avenue,” McDonough said. Officials soon tracked Zamora to an apartment, but he initially refused to come out.
“After a two-hour standoff, police officers were able to persuade the suspect to exit the apartment, at which time he was taken into custody without further incident,” the sergeant said.
According to county booking records, Zamora was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Covina Police Department’s jail pending a scheduled arraignment Friday in West Covina Superior Court.