Man sought in follow-home robbery of Santa Fe Springs woman

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SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Police are seeking a robber who followed a Santa Fe Springs woman home before robbing her at her doorstep earlier this month.
The crime took place about 10 a.m. March 5, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“We believe the suspect followed the victim from the area of Norwalk Boulevard and Imperial Highway (in Norwalk) driving a two-door, 1995-2000 red Dodge Avenger with no hubcaps,” according to the statement.
When the woman arrived home, the robber accosted her at her doorstep and robber her of her purse, police said.
Authorities described the robber as a black man in his early-30s, about 6 feet tall, of thin build, with a short beard.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whittier police Detective Wolfe at 562-409-1850, or call the Whittier Police Department’s tip hotline at 562-567-9299.

PHOTO of suspect vehicle courtesy of the Whittier Police Department.

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Man robbed at gunpoint on Pasadena sidewalk


PASADENA >> A gunman robbed another man of cash along Fair Oaks Avenue late Tuesday, authorities said.
A 48-year-old Pasadena man was walking down a sidewalk about 9:50 p.m. near Fair Oaks Avenue and Esther Street when the robber approached him, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The robber, described as in his teens or 20s, brandished a dark-colored handgun as he demanded the victim’s cash, Luna said. He was last seen fleeing north along Fair Oaks Avenue on a bike. It was unclear how much money he obtained from the victim.
A detailed suspect description was 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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Elderly woman in wheelchair fights off would-be robber in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A 76-year-old woman in a wheelchair fought of a would-be robber who tried to steal her purse and necklace Thursday, police said.
The failed crime took place about 11:50 a.m. as the victim was sitting in her wheelchair at Villa Street and Maple Way, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. A young man approached.
“The suspect attempted to forcibly remove her purse and gold necklace,” Luna said. “The victim was able to fight the suspect off.”
The robber fled empty-handed, the lieutenant said. The woman was unhurt.
Police described the failed robber as a black man between 17 and 20 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and light-colored 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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Whittier man accused of knifepoint robbery


WHITTIER >> A man robbed another man a knifepoint in Uptown Whittier Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Richard Joseph Torres, 38, of Whittier — who was already on felony probation for a 2013 conviction — was arrested on suspicion of robbery, according to Whittier police officials and Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records.
Police responded to a report of a robbery about 2 p.m. in the 6200 block of Bright Avenue in which Torres robbed another man of his money at knifepoint, Whittier police Officer John Scroggins said.
“Apparently, the suspect and victim are known to one another,” he said. Their exact relationship was unclear.
Officers quickly found and arrested Torres in connection with the crime, Scroggins said.
According to court records, Torres was already on felony probation under AB 109 guidelines after pleading “no contest” in July of 2013 of interfering or resisting police by means of force or threat.
Previous Los Angeles County convictions include auto theft and drug possession.
Torres was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance Friday, records show.

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Pasadena bank branch robbed


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who robbed a Pasadena bank branch Tuesday afternoon.
The crime took place about 1:40 p.m. at a Chase branch at 2670 block of East Colorado Boulevard, just west of San Gabriel Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The robber entered the bank and got into the teller line,” Luna said. “Upon reaching the teller window, he presented a note demanding money and saying he was armed.”
Police said the teller handed over an undetermined amount of cash before the suspect fled. He was last seen on foot.
He was described as black man between 28 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, of average build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored shoes, Luna said. Officers searched the area but did not find the robber.
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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Bandit sought in series of bank heists in Glendora, Arcadia, Placentia


A man in a black baseball cap embarked on a two-county robbery spree in recent weeks, holding up or trying to hold up Citibank branches in Glendora, Arcadia and Placentia in recent weeks, authorities said.
0310_NWS_SGT-L-BANKROB1Glendora police released surveillance images of the robber Wednesday in hopes of generating tips from the public as to the mystery bandit’s identity. He’s robbed in both Los Angeles and Orange counties.
“We’re hoping someone recognized this person,” Glendora police Detective Russell Ziino said.
The robber first showed up about 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 29 at Citibank, 401 E. Arrow Highway in Glendora, police said.
“(He) handed the teller a demand note that stated he had a gun. No gun was seen,” Glendora police said in a written statement. “The teller handed him an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect left.”
The serial bandit again turned up about 12:40 p.m. on March 4 at a Citibank branch at 1300 N. Kraemer Blvd. in Placentia, police said. He handed a teller a similar note and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
0310_NWS_SGT-L-BANKROB2Just over four hours later, the same robber entered a Citibank branch at 100 S. First Ave. in Arcadia and attempted the same type of robbery.
“The teller in this case feared for his life and went to the back of the bank,” according to the police statement. “The suspect left with no cash.”
The notes presented by the robber were scribbled with messages to the effect of: “Don’t talk. I have a gun. Give me the money,” Ziino said. Though he always threatened to be armed, no gun has been seen during the crimes.
The yet-unnamed serial bandit is described as a white man, about 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 130 pounds, with green eyes and a scar on his right eyelid.
In all three incidents, he wore a black baseball cap, Ziino added. No getaway car has been linked to the robber.
0310_NWS_SGT-L-BANKROB3Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-8250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTOS: [TOP] Authorities seeking the serial bank robber pictured during a heist at a Citibank branch in Glendora on Feb. 29, 2016. [MIDDLE] Authorities are seeking the serial bank robber pictured during a heist at a Citibank branch in Placentia on March 4, 2016. [BELOW] Authorities are seeking the serial bank robber pictured during a heist at a Citibank branch in Arcadia on March 4, 2016. (Courtesy, Glendora Police Department)

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Men with baby in tow rob acquaintance at knifepoint in Diamond Bar


DIAMOND BAR >> Deputies are seeking two men who pulled a baby in a cart when they robbed an acquaintance at knifepoint in a Diamond Bar parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The crime was reported about 4:20 p.m. in a shared commercial parking lot at Diamond Bar Boulevard and Golden Springs Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Buckner said.
Two robbers approached the victim, a 19-year-old man, and one of them brandished a knife as he demanded the victim’s money, Buckner said.
After obtaining the victim’s money, the robbers were last seen fleeing north on Torito Lane, the lieutenant said. They pulled a baby in a cart described as pink, with a blue handle.
Officials described the robbers as two Latino men in their 20s with shaved heads. Both stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 120 to 130 pounds, and wore shorts and T-shirts.
The suspects and victims were believed to be acquainted, though it was not immediately clear to what extent, Buckner said. Investigators continued working to identify the suspects Sunday evening.

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Pasadena teen beaten during robbery


PASADENA >> Police are seeking three men who beat and robbed a 17-year-old Pasadena boy of his necklace and iPhone in a residential neighborhood late Friday.
The teen was waiting for a ride about 7:25 p.m. in the 300 block of Adena Street when three men approached, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“Without provocation, (one of the men) punched the victim in the face,” Goodman said. “He retaliated and fought back. (A second attacker) began to physically assault the victim as well.”
When the boy fell to the ground, the robbers grabbed a gold chain from his neck and snatched his black iPhone, the lieutenant said.
The boy was treated for injuries not believed to be serious, he said.
Police described the robbers as three men in their 20s. One was Latino, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, of thin build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
The second robber was described as Latino, 5 feet 7 inches tall, heavyset, wearing a black T-shirt and gray jeans.
The third robber was described as “possible Armenian. He wore a black letterman-style jacket and was unshaven.
All three were last seen fleeing the area on foot.
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 carjacked in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man attacked and carjacked a another man as he stood outside his sports car in Pasadena early Saturday, police said.
A 24-year-old Los Angeles man parked his Audi S3 just before 4 a.m. at Mountain Street and Summit Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The victim was standing outside his vehicle smoking a cigarette,” the lieutenant said. “The suspect approached him from behind and punched him in the face.”
The man fell to the ground, and the carjacker snatched his car keys from his hand before fleeing in the Audi, Goodman said. The victim declined medical treatment.
The stolen 2015 Audi S3 is black and has a California license plate of 7LUN554, Goodman said.
Police described the carjacker as a black man in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 175 pounds.
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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UPDATED: Three jailed after CHP officer interrupts convenience store robbery in Monterey Park


MONTEREY PARK >> Officials arrested three suspects Friday after a California Highway Patrol officer happened by a Monterey Park convenience store in the middle of a robbery, police said.
The incident unfolded shortly before 7 p.m. at 7-Eleven, 1600 Monterey Pass Road, Monterey Park police Sgt. Paul Yniguez said.
A CHP officer stopped by the store to make a purchase when someone came out and told him the store was being robbed, the sergeant said.
At least three men had used a handgun to rob the clerk of money from the cash register, police said.
Moments later, suspects ran out of the store, Yniguez said. The CHP officer detained one of them.
At least two additional suspects got away from the store, Sgt. Bob Hung said.
Officers set up a search perimeter and quickly found a second suspect hiding in a yard in a nearby neighborhood, Hung said.
After more than an hour of continued searching, the third suspect was found and arrested sitting inside a parked car in a nearby motel parking lot, Hung said.
Detectives continued investigating the possibility of additional accomplices involved in the crime Saturday, he added.

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