ARCADIA >> A masked gunman robbed an Arcadia cafe after closing early Sunday, fleeing with cash and backpack, police said.
The crime took place about 2:45 a.m. at the Arcadia Garden Cafe, 850 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia police Sgt. James Trabbie said.
The robber was armed with a handgun and wore a mask or bandana over his face as he demanded money, Trabbie said. He got away with an undetermined amount of cash, as well as a victim’s backpack.
Trabbie said the robber was last spotted running south from the business. A detailed suspect description was not available.
PASADENA >> An Altadena man arrested following a police chase Wednesday is suspect of two robberies at Pasadena wireless stores this week, authorities said.
Police arrested Prince Bridges, 29, following a chase from Pasadena to Sherman Oaks following his latest alleged robbery, reported about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Go Wireless in the 3800 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Sgt. Mike Bugh said. More than 70 iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones stolen from the store were recovered, along with the suspect’s handgun, Bugh said.
Bridges is also suspected of a similar heist Friday afternoon at a T-Mobile store in the 100 block of South Lake Avenue, Bugh said.
In Wednesday’s robbery, the suspect first inquired about a job before pulling a gun on the lone employee.
“He displayed a handgun and directed salesperson to the rear of the store, where he ordered the salesperson to open the safe,” Lt. John Luna said. The robber stuffed more than 70 cell phones into a trash bag and fled.
Police spotted a car matching the description just after the robber and tried to pull it over, but the driver led officers on a chase along the 134 and 405 freeways, Luna said. The car exited the freeway in Sherman Oaks and crashed into another car, resulting in no injuries, before the suspect continued fleeing on foot.
Los Angeles police and California Highway Patrol officers helped Pasadena police capture the suspect nearby, Bugh said. Police found a the stolen cell phones and a loaded handgun in the suspect’s car.
In Friday’s robbery along Lake Avenue, Bugh said Bridges ordered four employees and a customer of the store into a rear room before fleeing with more than a dozen cell phones. No injuries were reported in either robbery.
Bridges was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Friday in Pasadena Superior Court, records show.
SAN GABRIEL >> Police are seeking a man on a bicycle who snatched a woman’s purse Wednesday, and possibly several others in the same area recent days, officials said.
The most recent robbery took place about 7:20 p.m. at Valley Boulevard and Palm Avenue, San Gabriel police Lt. Fabian Valdez said.
A woman in her 60s was walking down the street when a man on a bike rode past, grabbed her Coach purse from her shoulder and continued pedaling, the lieutenant said. The purse itself was valued at about $600. Inside was a cell phone, other personal items and more than $1,200 in cash.
A man on a bicycle also tried, but failed, to grab a purse from a woman’s shoulder about 5:15 p.m. in the area of Valley and San Gabriel Boulevards, just a few blocks east of the 7:20 p.m. crime, Valdez said. A witness reported seeing the robbery attempt, but police did not find the victim herself.
Several other purse snatchings have been reported in the same general area in recent days, he said. Further details were not available late Wednesday.
Valdez said police have increased patrols in the area and urged residents to be aware of their surroundings and avoid walking alone whenever possible.
Anyone with information was asked to call San Gabriel police at 626-308-2828.
SOUTH PASADENA >> A man fled without any money after trying to rob a South Pasadena bank branch Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The failed robbery took place about 4:30 p.m. at Chase, 1305 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena police Sgt. Jim Valencia said.
A would-be robber handed a teller a page-long demand note and briefly stood at the teller’s window, but left without receiving any cash, the sergeant said. He was last seen exiting a west-facing door.
Officers searched the area but did not find the suspect, Valencia said.
The FBI, which investigates bank robberies, was notified of the incident, he added.
PHOTO courtesy of the South Pasadena Police Department
IRWINDALE >> An AB 109 probationer is accused of violating a restraining order and carjacking his ex-girlfriend early Sunday, officials said.
Officers arrested Manuel Martinez, 21, of Duarte on suspicion of carjacking and violating a criminal protective order following the incident, which took place shortly after midnight at an ARCO gas station at 110 E. Longden Ave., according to Irwindale police Sgt. Rudy Gatto.
Martinez, who was on post-release community supervision under AB 109 guidelines following a domestic violence conviction and was barred by court order from contacting the woman, approached the woman at the gas pumps, Gatto said.
Martinez demanded a ride, but the woman refused, the sergeant said. He then pulled the woman from the driver seat of the car, wrestled her keys away from her and drove away in her vehicle. The woman suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment.
Police found the car abandoned near Pamela Park in Duarte about 30 minutes later, Gatto said. Officers found Martinez in the 400 block of Shrode Avenue in Duarte and took him into custody without a struggle.
Martinez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court, records show.
PHOTO of suspect Manuel Martinez, 21, of Duarte courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department
PASADENA >> A man tried, but failed, to wrestle a fanny pack away from a woman in her 70s Saturday as she walked with her husband around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, police said.
The woman suffered minor cuts to her arms during the crime but did not require hospitalization, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said
She and her husband, both Glendale residents, were walking around the Rose Bowl about 9:45 p.m. when a robber approached them at Rosemont Avenue and Arroyo Boulevard.
“He demanded the fanny pack and tugged at it,” the lieutenant said. The woman fell to the ground in the scuffle, but the would-be robber was unable to remove the fanny pack.
As the couple yelled for help, the failed robber ran away along Arroyo Boulevard and got into a car, Carrillo said.
Police described the suspect as a black man between 20 and 30, of thin build, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a dark complexion, wearing a black baseball cap, a black jacket and dark jeans. He was seen getting into a bronze, four-door older-model car similar to a Mercury Sable.
The attempted robbery of the senior citizen took place just over a month after another man, 87, was seriously injured during a robbery while walking near the Rose Bowl in the early-morning hours.
Three 19-year-old San Gabriel Valley men have been arrested in connection with the robbery and attack and are awaiting trial. A fourth suspect, a 19-year-old Rowland Heights woman, remains at large.
PASADENA >> An armed man stole cell phones in a robbery at T-Mobile store Friday afternoon, police said.
A robber carried a handgun in the 6:37 p.m. heist at the store in the 100 block of South Lake Avenue, just south of Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
After stealing an unknown number of phones, the robber fled, he said. No injuries were reported.
SOUTH PASADENA >> Police are seeking who robbed a teen at gunpoint Thursday night.
The crime took place about 10:30 p.m. at the victim was walking in the 800 block of Mission Street, South Pasadena police Cpl. Tom Jacobs said.
The robber approached the teen from behind, brandished a handgun and forced the victim to lie on the ground, the corporal said.
“The juvenile then gave up property to the suspect,” Jacobs said. The robber fled west on foot. The victim suffered no significant injuries.
SAN DIMAS >> Deputies are hunting for two men who robbed a Chase bank branch Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place about 5:30 p.m. at the bank, 1001 Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
One robber entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash as the second robber acted as a lookout, the lieutenant said.
After obtaining cash, both robbers were last seen fleeing from the bank on foot, she added. No injuries were reported.
SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Police arrested a man Thursday after he robbed a Firestone Boulevard motel, officials said.
Jason James Santoorjian, 29, of Whittier was jailed on suspicion of robbery, Whittier police Officer John Scoggins said.
The crime took place about 11:30 a.m. at a motel in the 13400 block of Firestone Boulevard, police officials said.
Shortly after robbing the motel, deputies a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter spotted the suspect near what was ultimately determined to be his car in the parking lot of a business several blocks away, Scoggins said. Officers arrested Santoorjian in connection with the reported robbery.
Inside Santoorjian’s car, police found an “airsoft” BB gun believed to have been used in the heist, along with cash believed to have been stolen during the crime, Scoggins said.
Santoorjian was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.