GLENDORA — Two men robbed and carjacked another man in the parking lot of a Walmart store early Saturday, police said.
The crime took place just after 1 a.m. at the store at 1950 Auto Centre Drive, Glendora police Lt. Matt Egan said.
Two men approached another man as he was loading up his car with purchases from the store, the sergeant said. One of the robbers was armed with a handgun.
They ultimately fled with the man’s blue 2001 Volvo S40, as well as some money, the sergeant said.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
PASADENA — Two men robbed a Caltech student of his laptop, iPhone and wallet late Wednesday as he walked just outside the campus, officials said.
The victim, a 22-year-old Pasadena man, was walking about 10:30 p.m. in the 500 block of South Wilson Avenue when he was attacked, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
“The victim was walking to his dorm and was approached from behind by the suspects,” the lieutenant said. “(One of the robbers) choked the victim and held his hands over the victims mouth.”
Them men the wrestled away the victim’s laptop bag, which contained a MacBook computer and an iPhone 5, Delgado said. They also pulled the victim’s wallet from his pocket before fleeing west on San Pasqual Street on foot, he said. The victim did not require medical treatment.
Police described one of the robbers as a black man, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds, bald, wearing a dark T-shirt, long shorts and white socks. The second robber was described as black man, about 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt.
BALDWIN PARK — Two people were robbed Saturday in two separate incidents in Baldwin Park, authorities said.
The first of the two robberies took place about 2:15 a.m. in the 15000 block of Root Street, near Cleary Drive, east of Puente Avenue, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Mike Hemenway said.
The victim was approached by two men who brandished a silver handgun and demanded property, the sergeant said. The robbers fled after obtaining the victim’s cash, cell phone and wallet.
Police described the robbers as two Latino men between 25 and 30 years old, both of medium build. No getaway car was seen.
The second robbery took place about 11:15 p.m. at Baldwin Park Boulevard and Merced Avenue, Hemenway said.
A man and woman approached the victim, and the man pulled a knife and demanded the victim turn over valuables, he said.
The couple got away with the victim’s iPhone and keys, Hemenway added.
The male robber as Latino, in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 170 pounds, the sergeant said. He was accompanied by a woman described only as white.
No injuries were reported in either crime.
Anyone with information can reach Baldwin Park police at 626-960-1955.
AZUSA — Two men robbed a couple who was sitting in their car at Zacatecas Park at gunpoint early Saturday, police said.
The crime took place about 1:35 a.m. just outside the park, 974 W. First Street, Azusa police Sgt. Chris Grant said in a written statement.
A 21-year-old Azusa woman and a 20-year-old Los Angeles man were sitting in their parked car when a dark blue, 4-door Kia sedan parked alongside them, police said. Two men exited the Kia and approached the victims, one of them holding a black handgun.
The robbers demanded property, and the victims turned over a cell phone and a wallet, Grant said. The robbers then got back into the Kia and sped away. The car was last spotted heading south on Vernon Avenue from Paramount Street.
Police described the gunman as a Latino man in his early 20s with a dark complexion. The second robber was a Latino man in his early- to mid-20s with a light complexion.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.
WEST COVINA — A gunman robbed a man in a wheelchair of about $300 Thursday.
The robbery in the 1100 block of West Covina Parkway was reported to West Covina Police at 1:10 p.m.
The suspect approached a man in a wheelchair and asked him if he was buying something at the store, according to Lt. Pat Cirrito. When the victim said yes, the culprit demanded money at gunpoint.
Cirrito said the suspect took about $300 from the victim then ran to a black Honda driven by a woman.
The robber was described as a Latino, 20 to 25, 5 feet 6 inches tall with tattoos on his arm. The getaway driver was only described as an Asian woman between 20 to 30 years old.
- Ruby Gonzales
PASADENA — A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy robbed two other teens at knifepoint Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Jose Ayon, 19, of Pasadena and his alleged teenage accomplice were booked on suspicion of robbery following the incident, which took place about 6:40 p.m. in the 500 block of North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
A 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were walking when they were approached by the two suspects, who brandished a knife and demanded their belongings, the lieutenant said. The alleged victims handed over a cell phone, a book back and $12 in cash.
The two suspect fled, but were apprehended by officers nearby with help from a witness who pointed police toward them, Delgado said. Both were arrested after being identified by the victims as their robbers.
According to county booking records, Ayon was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail Thursday pending his initial court appearance.
PICO RIVERA — A pair of robbery suspects were foiled by their appetites earlier this week after they stopped for lunch at a local restaurant just after their alleged heist and used the victim’s credit card to pay, officials said.
Raymond Arthur Ortega, 29, of Los Angeles and Vernonica Ruiz, 46, of Long Beach, were arrested Tuesday in connection with Tuesday reported robbery, which took place just before noon at at the Knights Inn, 6540 Rosemead Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and county booking records. Both were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Downey Superior Court.
The victim, a man in his early 30s, was staying at the motel and had given a cigarette to Ortega, who was also believed to be staying at the motel, the night before, sheriff’s Lt. Robert Smith said. The following morning, he asked to use Ortega’s phone and the couple invited them into their room.
While inside, Ortega demanded the victim’s room key, Smith said, telling the victim, “You give me your key or I’ll get it the hard way.” Ortega then allegedly snatched the man’s room key, as well as a prepaid credit card.
The victim ultimately managed to get out of the suspects’ motel room and run down to the lobby to seek help, the lieutenant said. Meanwhile, he said, Ortega then burglarized the victim’s motel room, stealing about $20 in cash, documents and a laptop computer bag.
Handling detectives quickly determined the stolen credit card had been used at a restaurant nearby in the 6700 block of Rosemead Boulevard, Smith said. Ruiz was spotted at a table on the restaurant’s patio and arrested.
Deputies found Ortega inside a nearby bakery and also took him into custody, Smith said.
Ortega was booked on suspicion of robbery and burglary, while Ruiz was suspected of robbery, fale imprisonment and violating her probation from a previous case, officials said.
According to county booking records, Ortega was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, while Ruiz was being held without bail.
PASADENA — A teen robbed a woman of her jewelry early Thursday before leading police to a stolen car, authorities said.
A 43-year-old woman was speaking with someone about 9:05 a.m. in the 100 block of West Claremont Street when the young suspect walked up behind her, snatched two gold necklaces from her neck and ran, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Police spotted a young man matching the description of the robber a short time later in the 200 block of North Lake Avenue, Clawson said.
Not only was the suspect found to have the stolen necklaces, but officers also found a car key in his pocket that belonged to car parked nearby, the lieutenant said. The 1997 Honda Accord had been reported stolen in Pasadena.
The teen suspect was taken to juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery and auto theft, he said. His exact age was not available.
GLENDORA — A man armed with a knife robbed a student of his wallet at Citrus College Wednesday night.
The victim wasn’t injured during the 3;20 p.m. incident on the campus at 1000 W. Foothill Blvd.
The robber pulled a knife and took the victim’s wallet which contained cash and credit cards, according to Sgt. Scott Strong.
Strong said the suspect was last seen running eastbound Foothill Boulevard.
The suspect was described as a Latino, about 25, clean cut, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.
- Ruby Gonzales
PASADENA – A man was attacked and robbed early Thursday while sleeping inside a Walnut Street business, authorities said.
A 62-year-old man was sleeping just before 4 a.m. inside a carpet business in the 1700 block of E. Walnut Street when he was awakened by noises, Pasadena police lieutenant Jason Clawson said.
“He went to check on the noises and was confronted by a subject who demanded money,” Clawson said. “The victim told the suspect he didn’t have any money. The suspect assaulted the victim.”
After a brief fistfight, the intruder fled, taking the victim’s bicycle as he went, the lieutenant said. He was last seen headed south on Bonnie Avenue.
The victim suffered apparently minor injuries and refused medical treatment, he added.
Police described the robber as a black man, about 55 years old, 250 pounds and wearing a beanie.