San Gabriel robbery suspects arrested following pursuit

SAN GABRIEL >> Two men accused of robbing a San Gabriel cell phone store on Wednesday afternoon led police on a high-speed chase before being cornered and apprehended in Los Angeles, authorities said.
An officer first tried to stop the suspects’ car about 5:51 p.m. for a routine traffic violation in the area of San Gabriel Boulevard, south of Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel Police Lt. Tony Hernandez said.
The driver failed to pull over, instead starting a chase during which he drove recklessly and at high speed down the westbound 10 Freeway, he said.
As the pursuit was ongoing, police received information that the car was believed to have been involved in a robbery that occurred about 5:45 p.m. at a cell phone store in the 800 block of Valley Boulevard, according to the lieutenant.
Two men with at least one gun had entered the store and fled with about 20 phones, he said. It was not immediately clear if cash was also taken.
Officers continued chasing the suspects as they exited the freeway at Mission Road in Los Angeles and crashed into another motorist, Hernandez said. The two suspects abandoned the car and continued to flee on foot. The other driver involved in the crash was unhurt.
The fleeing suspects ran directly into a commercial property enclosed by a 6-foot-tall, razor-wire-topped fence, he said. They surrendered once they realized they were trapped.
The suspects identities were not immediately available.
Police were re-tracing the path of the pursuit late Wednesday in search of items possible tossed from the suspects during the chase, he added.

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Arcadia sporting goods store robbed


ARCADIA >> Police are seeking a crook with a comb-over who robbed an Arcadia sporting good store late Sunday.
The crime took place about 5 p.m. at REI, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave., according to Arcadia police Sgt. Jimmy Trabbie.
“A man walked up to the cashier and presented a demand note,” he said in a written statement. “There was no weapon seen.”
After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, the robber left the store and fled the area in a black Mitsubishi SUV, police said.
He was described as a Latino man between 28 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, of thin to medium build, with a mustache and black, combed-over hair.
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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Woman fights off man who groped, tried to rob her in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man groped and tried to rob a woman in Pasadena late Thursday before she managed to fight him off by hitting him with her purse, officials said.
An Altadena woman in her 40s was waiting for a taxi about 10:25 p.m. in the area of Holly Street and Raymond Avenue when the attacker approached, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
The man groped the woman, then demanded her wallet, he said.
“She defended herself by hitting him with her purse, which caused him to run away without any loss,” the lieutenant said.
He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
Mercado said the suspect was described as a Latino man in his 20s, about 5 feet tall, of thin build, wearing a red hat, a white T-shirt, a black jacket and dark-colored jeans.
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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Gunman sought in Pasadena gas station robbery


PASADENA >> A man with a handgun robbed a Pasadena gas station late Thursday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 10:15 p.m. at USA Gas, 2800 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A man entered the store and acted as if was going to make some purchases, the lieutenant said.
But when the clerk opened the cash register to accept payment, the robber pulled a handgun and demanded the money.
The clerk, a La Puente man in his 30s, complied and the robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash, Mercado said.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in his 40s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, of medium build, with a mustache, wearing a green hood sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. He carried a dark, semi-automatic handgun.
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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Wanted San Dimas man arrested after pursuit through Covina

COVINA >> Police on Sunday jailed a San Dimas man on suspicion on outstanding robbery and drug smuggling warrants, and were investigating his possible connection to an armed robbery in Glendora early Saturday, after he led Covina police on a high-speed chase before being captured by a SWAT team and a K-9, authorities said.
Bryan McMaster, 46, was ultimately booked on suspicion of felony evading of police, as well as warrants for robbery and smuggling drugs into the Glendora Police Department’s jail, Covina police Sgt. Antonio Zavala said.
Detectives were also looking into the possibility McMaster was responsible for a Saturday morning armed robbery at a CVS Pharmacy in Glendora, Covina and Glendora police officials said. A concrete link was yet to be established.
The chase began after an officer spotted the wanted man about 9:30 a.m. in a car in the parking lot of the Park Inn, 1211 E. Garvey Street, Zavala said.
McMaster refused to pull over, initiating a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph on surface streets, the sergeant said. After leading police on a chase for about three miles, McMaster abandoned his car and continued fleeing on foot after driving into a cul-de-sac on Bender Avenue, just north of Navilla Place, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Covina.
A SWAT team was summoned to search for the suspect, as he was presumed armed and dangerous, according to Zavala.
SWAT officers, aided by Covina police K-9 Jarno, found McMaster hiding in a shed behind a vacant home nearby about noon, he said.
McMaster was treated for minor dog bite injuries and booked into jail, Zavala said.
His wife, who was riding as a passenger during the pursuit, was also being detained for questioning Sunday afternoon, he added.

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Two gunmen rob La Habra 7-Eleven store


LA HABRA >> Two masked men armed with handguns carried out a robbery at a La Habra 7-Eleven store early Sunday, police said.
The robbery took place about 4:40 a.m. at the convenience store, 2000 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
“Two male suspects in ski masks, gloves and both with handguns entered the store and demanded money,” according to the statement.
They were last seen running west through the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of ill-gotten cash, Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Anyone with information can reach La Havbra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

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Parolee arrested for robbery, sexual battery of young woman in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man already on parole for robbery is accused of robbing and sexually battering a 19-year-old woman as she walked down a street in Pasadena early Saturday, officials said.
Tredon Marquis Thomas, 24, was arrested following the incident, which unfolded about 7:45 a.m. on Los Robles Avenue, just south of Walnut Street, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records.
“The victim was walking from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station and was approached from behind by the suspect,” Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“The suspect asked to borrow the victim’s cell phone and then refused to return it to her,” he said. “During the crime, the suspect touched the victim in an inappropriate manner.”
The suspect, later identified as Thomas, ran off but was soon found and arrested by officer. Police recovered the woman’s cell phone.
Thomas was convicted of robbery in August of 2015 and sentenced to two years in state prison, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show. The crime took place on April 3, 2015.
He was since paroled, and remained on parole at the time of Saturday’s arrest, officials said.
According to county booking records, Thomas was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Man jailed following failed robbery at Pasadena Best Buy


PASADENA >> Police jailed a man Saturday afternoon following an ill-fated robbery attempt at a Pasadena Best Buy store, officials said.
Gabriel Robert Murrieta, 42. of Palmdale was arrested following the 2:25 p.m. incident at the electronics store, 3415 E. Foothill Blvd., according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
He walked into the store and told an employee that he was armed and demanded money, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. He gestured as if he had a handgun.
The manager walked with the would-be robber to a cash register while other employees called police.
Officers responded to the store and arrested Murrieta without a struggle, Goodman said. He was found to be unarmed.
“The store was full of shoppers at the time of the incident, and officers did an excellent job of coordinating their response,” Goodman added.
Murrieta was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment hearing on Wednesday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.

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Man steals cash register from La Habra sandwich shop


LA HABRA >> Police are seeking a man who sat down for dinner at a La Habra sandwich shop, then stole the business’ cash register as he left.
The crime took place about 9:40 p.m. on Thursday at a Subway sandwich shop at 1201 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Police said the robber ordered food and sat down to eat it before the robbery.
He then grabbed the entire cash register from the counter as he left, Baylos sad. An employee struggled with the robber over the register, but the thief managed to get it outside and into a black BMW, which he fled in. The register contained about $300.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

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La Habra man jailed in connection with two recent armed robberies

LA HABRA >> Police jailed a man late Friday on suspicion of robbing a La Habra tobacco shop, as well as another armed heist at a La Habra market the day before, authorities said.
Richard James Bustillos, 55, of La Habra was booked on suspicion of robbery minutes after Friday’s 6:30 p.m. robbery at a smoke shop in the 900 block of North Harbor Boulevard, according to La Habra police and Orange County booking records.
After holding up the clerk at gunpoint and fleeing with cash, a responding La Habra police officer spotted Bustillos, who matched the description of the robber, in the area and detained him, La Habra police Sgt. Jeff Baylos said.
Police recovered a loaded handgun from the suspect, later identified as Bustillos, and arrested him in connection with the robbery.
Further investigation indicated Bustillos was likely the same gunman who carried out another robbery about 5:40 p.m. on Thursday at a market at the corner of La Habra Boulevard and Cypress Street, Baylos said.
In that case, “The robber produced a handgun to the store clerk and demanded money,” police said in a written statement. The gunman made off with about $200, police said.
“Evidence” related to Thursday’s robbery was recovered from Bustillos during his arrest Friday, Baylos said.
According to county booking records, Bustillos was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in the Central Jail branch of Orange County Superior Court.

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