PICO RIVERA >> An armed man robbed a recycling center along Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera Sunday, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:30 a.m. at a recycling kiosk in the 9400 block of Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Gabriel Navarro said.
The robber displayed a handgun in his waistband but never pulled it, the sergeant said.
After robbing the business of cash, he was last seen fleeing east on foot, according to initial reports form the scene.
He was described as a Latino man with the appearance of a gang member, with a tattoo on the side of his neck, between 32 and 35 years old, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, a black baseball cap and baggy jeans. He carried a small revolver.
ARCADIA >> Police are seeking two men believed to have attempted to rob three women of their purses before successfully robbing a fourth woman Friday night.
The first crime took place about 9:40 p.m. in the 200 block of East Huntington Drive, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said in a written statement.
Three women were walking when two would-be robbers grabbed their purses, Flores said.
“A struggle ensued and the victims were able to maintain control of their purses despite one victim being punched in the back of the head and all three victims being pushed to the ground,” she said. The robbers fled in an older-model, four-door sedan.
The women did not require medical treatment, Flores added.
About 10 minutes later and 2-and-a-half miles away, a second purse robber was reported at Sunset Boulevard and Arcadia Avenue, the lieutenant said.
“Officers learned that a female victim was walking in the area and was pushed to the ground by two suspects who stole her handbag and fled in an awaiting vehicle,” she said. The car was described as a four-door vehicle with tinted windows.
“Based on the initial investigation it appears that these two incidents may have been committed by the same suspects,” Flores said.
They were described as Latino or Indian men between 18 and 30 years old, of thin build, with short, dark hair.
Police planned to field extra officers in the area in response to the robberies, Flores said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-570-5151. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PASADENA >> Two armed robberies at a sandwich shop and a tanning salon in Pasadena late Friday may have been the work of the same gunman, police said.
The crimes were reported about 8:20 at a Subway sandwich shop at Orange Grove Boulevard and Lake Avenue, then about 15 minutes later at Sun Works Tanning, just over two miles away at Colorado Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, Pasadena police officials said.
In the Subway robbery, the robber entered the eatery, brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the cash register, Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A 23-year-old woman working behind the counter complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, he said. A second employee working at the restaurant was on break and did not witness the crime.
The robber was last seen fleeing through the parking lot on foot, Carrillo said.
A second robbery involving a “very similar” suspect was reported about 8:35 p.m. at the tanning salon, Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber walked into the salon, pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the lone female employee and demanded money from the register, Mercado said. The woman complied, handing over an undetermined amount, and the suspect fled on foot.
In both cases, the robber was described as a Black or Latino man in his 20s or 30s, 5-10 to 6 feet tall, about 180 pounds, unshaven, wearing a dark sweat shirt and dark pants.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the same man is responsible for both heists, Mercado said.
With no getaway car scene in connection with the two crimes, police were also looking into whether the suspect may have used public transportation — such as the Metro Gold Line — to travel between the two businesses.
PASADENA >> A robber pepper-sprayed a cashier during a late-night heist Friday along Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, police said.
The crime took place about 11:20 p.m. at a business in the 2800 block of East Foothill Boulevard, just east of Daisy Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The robber entered the store and demanded money from the cash business’ cash register, he said.
“The clerk initially refused. “The suspect sprayed him with pepper spray,” the lieutenant said.
Police said the victim then opened the register, and the robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash. He was last seen running north along Daisy Avenue.
Officials described the suspect as a Latino man in his 20s, with a light complexion, of about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He wore a black baseball cap with white lettering on the front, a black short-sleeve shirt, gray shorts and gray gloves.
Mercado said the victim, an El Monte man in his 20s, suffered irritation from the pepper spray but declined to be taken to a hospital.
ALHAMBRA >> Police arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of robbing a teenage girl of her purse late Wednesday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 9:20 p.m. at Electric Avenue and Shorb Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Tai Seki said.
The 17-year-old suspect told the girl he had a knife, though none was seen, as he demanded her purse, the sergeant said. The girl handed over her purse and the robber ran off. She suffered no injuries.
Police found and arrested the suspect several blocks away, Seki said. Some items from the purse were recovered, including the victim’s wallet, but the purse itself was not found.
Police took the teen boy to Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, Seki said.
PASADENA >> Police are seeking a gunman who robbed two other men of their gold necklaces in a Pasadena alley Wednesday.
Two coworkers, ages 21 and 40, were walking through Herr Alley, just north of the 100 block of Palmetto Drive, about 6:45 p.m. when the robber approached, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victims turn over gold necklaces they were wearing, the lieutenant said. The victims complied, and the robber was last seen fleeing west on Waverly Drive.
Police searched the area but did not find the suspect, Luna said.
WEST COVINA >> A man robbed the owner of a check cashing business of a “large amount” of cash earlier this week in the parking lot outside the victim’s business, police said.
The crime took place about 3:50 p.m. Friday at a check cashing business on Francisquito Avenue, just east of Sunset Avenue, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The business owner had just returned from the bank with a bag of cash was exiting his car when a robber approached, Patton said.
“The suspect knocked him to the pavement and forcible removed the bag,” the lieutenant said. The victim suffered no significant injuries.
Police said the robber was last seen getting into a red SUV already occupied by two additional suspects.
It was not clear whether the robbers followed the victim to his business from the bank.
ARCADIA >> Police are seeking a gunman and a getaway driver who robbed an Arcadia man as he arrived home early Saturday.
The crime took place about 4 a.m. in the 200 block of West Las Flores Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
The victim, an 18-year-old man, had just arrived home when he was confronted by a robber armed with a handgun, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect ordered the victim inside the residence where he demanded money from the victim,” Castro said.
The victim turned over an unknown amount of cash and the gunman fled to a nearby getaway car with a driver waiting at the wheel, he said.
Police said the robbery victim told investigators he did not recognize the suspects. A details description was not available.
PASADENA >> A man tried unsuccessfully to rob and kidnap a woman inside a parking structure at the Paseo Colorado shopping mall in Pasadena Wednesday, officials said.
Joshua Brandon McKnight, 19, of Pasadena was arrested in connection with alleged crimes, which took place about 10:50 a,m. in the parking structure of the mall in the 200 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 35-year-old Pasadena woman exited her car when a man approached, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect simulated a weapon in his pants pocket and told the victim she was being robbed and demanded she get back into the car,” Luna said.
The woman offered the man her purse, but he again ordered her to get back into her car, he said.
When the would-be robber was momentarily distracted by a passing vehicle, the woman took the opportunity to run to the mall’s security office, Luna said. Mall security then notified police.
Officers detained McKnight nearby, but released him when the victim was unable to identify him as her as the suspect, Luna said.
But police later found surveillance camera images of the suspect, whom they were able to identify as the man they had previously detained.
Officer found and arrested McKnight shortly after 3 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
BALDWIN PARK >> A robbed a Baldwin Park bank branch Saturday before quickly being captured by police, officials said
Todd Edward Campbell, 48, of West Covina was arrested within minutes of the 11:14 a.m. bank robbery at a U.S. Bank branch inside a Walmart store, 3250 Big Dalton Avenue, Baldwin Park police Lt. Doug Parnell said.
Campbell approached a female teller at the bank and displayed a note demanding money, the lieutenant said. The teller handed over about $2,000 and the suspect fled, running north from the bank, Parnell said. A bank employee triggered a silent alarm during the robbery.
An officer rushing to the scene of the crime spotted Campbell, who matched the description of the robber, at Merced and Puente avenues, Parnell said.
Though he had discarded is shirt in an attempt to change his appearance, Campbell was found carrying a bag containing the stolen money, and the note used in the robbery was found in his pocket, Parnell said.
The suspect, who has a lengthy criminal history out of state,admitted to the robbery, Parnell said. Campbell told police he committed the robbery because he needed money for drugs.
The FBI was assisting Baldwin Park police in the investigation.
According to Los Angeles County Booking records, Campbell was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.