Teen girls accused of pepper spraying man during iPhone robbery in Covina


COVINA >> Police arrested two of three teenage girls who they say pepper sprayed a man while robbing him of his cell phone in Covina before attempting an ill-fated getaway by boarding a bus on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The robbery took place about 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant at Azusa Avenue and Cypress Street, Covina police Sgt. Antonio Zavala said.
A 47-year-old Azusa man was sitting in his car when two teenage girls approached his car on the driver side and asked him for a ride, the sergeant said.
While the victim was distracted by the two teens, a third young women reached into his car and snatched his iPhone from the center console of his car, officials said.
The man chased after the three girls. When he caught up with them and confronted him about the theft, one of the young robbers pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the man in the face, Zavala said. The girls managed to get away with the phone.
But the victim spotted the girls about an hour later, getting onto a bus at Citrus Avenue and Cypress Street, Zavala said. Police stopped the bust and detained three girls.
Two of the girls were arrested after the victim identified them as the girl who snatched his phone and the girl who pepper sprayed him, according to Zavala. They were described as a 14-year-old Covina girl and a 17-year-old Pasadena girl.
A third girl who accompanied the two suspects was not arrested, as the victim was not able to confirm she was involved in the incident.
Police recovered the victim’s phone from one of the girls, he added.

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Police: Trio linked to eight robberies in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Two men and a teenage boy are accused of a string of at eight strong-arm robberies over the course of two days last week, police announced Thursday.
Police responded to eight reports of robberies on April 27 and 28 in which victims were assaulted and robbed of their personal items, such as wallets, purses, cellphones and iPads, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Preliminary information suggested the same suspects may be responsible for the numerous street robberies as the descriptions of the suspects were very similar,” according to the statement. “Robbery detectives investigating the events immediately focused on the cases and developed leads resulting in the identity of three individuals responsible for the robbery spree.”
Police found and arrested Tyrek Adam, 19, of Pomona within Pasadena about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. Officers found and arrested Calvin Mosley, 18, of Pasadena within the city on Wednesday night.
And officers found the third suspect, a 17-year-old Pasadena boy, in Pasadena about noon on Thursday, police said.
All three were expected to face robbery charges.
“Detectives successfully recovered some of the property,” according to the statement.
The two adult suspects were being held in lieu of $350,000 bail pending their initial court appearances, officials said. The 17-year-old suspect was taken to a juvenile hall.
“The Pasadena Police Department reminds citizens to be aware of their surroundings, especially while using their cellphones, and to promptly report any suspicious activity to the police department,” the statement said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Young girl robs elderly woman in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police are seeking a 12- to 13-year-old girl who robbed a 73-year-old woman of purse in Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon.
The crime took place about 3:30 p.m. at El Molino Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
A blue, four-door sedan pulled up next to the woman.
“The suspect exited the front, passenger side of the vehicle, approached the victim and started to forcefully pull the victim’s purse from her shoulder,” Goodman said. The purse strap broke, and the robber managed to return to the getaway car with it. The car was last seen heading north on El Molina Avenue.
The elderly victim suffered no injuries, according to the lieutenant.
Police described the robber as a black girl between 12 and 13 years old, about 5 feet tall, 80 to 100 pounds, with black hair. No description of the driver was 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 struck in face with rock, robbed in Rosemead


ROSEMEAD >> Two men and a woman attacked a man with a rock and robbed him along Valley Boulevard late Thursday, officials said.
The crime unfolded about 9 p.m. at Valley Boulevard and Bartlett Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Brian Vance said.
The trio of suspects approached the victim and asked for money, according to the deputy. “When he didn’t provide it, one of the males threw a rock at his face.”
Vance said the suspects rifled through the man’s pockets when he fell to the ground. They helped themselves to about $200 before fleeing.
Witnesses at nearby Jim’s burgers called 911.
“(The victim) had a laceration,” Vance said. “He was bleeding, but he refused medical attention.”
He also declined to provide deputies with a description of the suspects, Vance said.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple City 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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San Bernardino County robbery suspect arrested in San Marino


SAN MARINO >> Police checking on reports of a suspicious vehicle in San Marino early Thursday arrested two people, including a documented gang member with a prior history of robbery, in connection to a San Bernardino County robbery, authorities said.
Arthur Charles Moses, 21, of Los Angeles and Tisha Campbell, 23, of Los Angeles were booked on suspicion of crimes including robbery, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools following their 12:15 a.m. arrest in the 900 block of Huntington Drive, San Marino police Sgt. Tim Tebbetts said in a written statement.
A witnesses called police to report seeing a 2015 Nissan Altima with paper license plates driving slowly through an alleyway with it’s brights on, he said. Officers responded and spoke with the driver, Campbell, and her passenger, Moses, “who stated they were lost,” the sergeant said.
“Upon further investigation, black ski masks, gloves and a crowbar were located under the passenger seat of the vehicle,” Tebbetts said. “Additionally, checkbooks and other property were located inside the vehicle that neither person could explain.”
Police soon learned the person whose name was printed on a checkbook found inside the car had been the victim of a recent robbery in San Bernardino County, police said.
Officials in San Bernardino County confirmed Moses, a documented Los Angeles gang member who was already wanted on a warrant for robbery, was believed to be connected to the crime.
According to county booking records, Moses was being held without bail at the Alhambra Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance. Campbell was released from custody with a misdemeanor citation.

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Two men sought in takeover robbery at San Marino cell phone store


SAN MARINO >> Tow masked man carried out a takeover robbery at a San Marino cell phone store at gunpoint late Wednesday, police said.
The crime was reported about 8:20 p.m. at a Verizon Wireless store at 2116 Huntington Drive, according to San Marino police Sgt. Robert Matthews.
The two employees relayed that two men had entered the store, and at least one of them pulled a handgun.
“The employees were forced into the rear storage room and ordered to open the safe,” Matthews said in a written statement. “The suspects removed several Apple iPhones from the safe.”
The robbers left the business trough a rear door. No getaway car was seen.
No injuries were reported.
Police described the robbers as to men wearing black pants, black gloves, black hooded sweatshirts and bandanas covering their faces.
Anyone with information is urged to contact San Marino police Detective Brian Wong at 626-300-0719. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: 3 men with assault rifle sought in home-invasion robberies in West Whittier, Cerritos


WEST WHITTIER >> Deputies are seeking three men with an assault rifle who carried out a home-invasion robberies in West Whittier and Cerritos on Wednesday night, officials said.
The first crime was reported about 9:40 p.m. in the 12100 block of Washington Boulevard, at the home of a man and woman in their 60s in the unincorporated county area of West Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Tenney said.
“The female victim walked out of her home a little after 9 p.m. to retrieve an item from her vehicle parked in her driveway when she was confronted by a male black adult armed with a rifle,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The man ordered her back into the house at gunpoint and followed her inside,” according to the statement. “Once inside the home, the suspect ordered both elderly victims to lay on the floor. Two additional male black suspects entered the home and ransacked the rooms, stealing items of jewelry.”
The robbers ordered the victims to stand up and walk into another room before robbing them of their cash and fleeing, officials said.
No getaway car was seen.
Investigators described all three robbers as black men, between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of thin build. Each wore a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over their heads.
“They were in and out,” he said. The man and wife suffered no injuries, though they were, “pretty shaken up.”
Deputies noted no apparent reason the robbers would have targeted the couple.
A short time later, three men of similar description carried out a similar crime about nine miles to the south, authorities said.
“Two hours later, Cerritos Sheriff Station responded to a similar home invasion robbery involving three male black suspects, one armed with a rifle,” according to the statement.
The crime was first reported as an “assault with a deadly weapon” about 11 p.m. in the 4600 block of Rancho Verde Drive, sheriff’s Lt. Richard Hernandez said.
A man who lives at the home was working inside his garage when one of three robbers approached, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The victim was pistol-whipped on his head and ordered to the ground as the two other suspects entered his residence,” the statement said.
The robbers then confronted a woman inside the home and also ordered her to the ground. Two children were also sleeping inside the home.
“The two suspects began to walk towards the rear of the residence when they abruptly turned and ran out the front door out of view,” according to the statement.
Nothing was stolen during the crime, and no injuries were reported.
The three suspects were described as black men in their 20s, officials said. One was armed with a rifle, and the other two carried handguns.
“These men are considered armed and dangerous,” the statement added.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421, or the sheriff’s Cerritos Station at 562-860-0044. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Shot fired during Alhambra robbery


ALHAMBRA >> A man suffered an apparent graze wound after a shot was fired during a robbery in Alhambra on Friday night.
The crime unfolded about 7:30 p.m. near 1st Street and Main Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Ruben Soriano said.
Two men approached the victim, who was on foot, and attempted to rob him, the sergeant said.
A struggle ensued, during which one of the two robbers fired a gunshot, he said.
The victim suffered what appeared to be a graze wound, but suffered no major injury, according to the sertgeant.
Further details, including a detailed suspect description, were not available.

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Pasadena man sentenced for armed robberies

PASADENA >> A Pasadena man arrested in connection with a series of five armed robberies at Pasadena-area businesses in late-January and early-February received a four-year prisons sentence this week, officials said.
Terry Wayne Wilson, who turned 22 on Tuesday, pleaded “no contest” on Wednesday to two counts of robbery, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
Police arrested him Feb. 5, capping off the series of robberies that took place at three sandwich shops and a pizza parlor in Pasadena, as well as a shoe store in unincorporated East Pasadena, that took place in the span of just over a week between Jan. 27 and Feb. 4.
At a scheduled preliminary hearing setting on Wednesday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wilson pleaded “no contest” to two counts of second-degree robbery under a negotiated plea arrangement, Ardalani said. Four additional counts of robbery were dismissed.
“He was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison,” she said. “The defendant was also ordered to pay $2,714 in restitution.
The string of armed robberies took place Feb. 27 at a Subway sandwich shop in the 3000 block of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; Jan. 28 at Subway locations in 2300 block of East Colorado Boulevard and the 1700 block of East Washington Boulevard in Pasadena; Feb. 1 at a Dominos’s Pizza in the 1900 block of East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; and Feb. 4 at a Shoe City in the 200 block of Rosemead Boulevard in unincorporated East Pasadena, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
There were two victims in the first robbery, resulting in the six counts of robbery initially filed by prosecutors, authorities said.
Police identified Wilson as the suspect in the crimes and arrested him in Pasadena Feb. 5.

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Woman pulled from car, beaten, robbed in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Two men pulled a woman from her car, beat her and robbed her of her cell phone in Pasadena early Thursday, authorities said.
The violent robbery unfolded about 1:20 a.m. as the victim, a 24-year-old Pasadena woman, was sitting in her parked car at Lake Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
“The victim was sitting inside her parked car inside a parking lot when the two suspect approached the driver side of her car,” Hettema said. “The suspects opened the driver side door and pulled the victim out.”
The men demanded money as they began beating the woman, the lieutenant said. They ultimately fled with only the woman’s cell phone.
Hettema said the woman suffered cuts to her face and back pain, but declined medical treatment.
A detailed description of the attackers was not available. They were last seen running south along Lake Avenue.
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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