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Cops Seeking Robber Attracted to Money and Banks in LA and WeHo

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a serial bank robbery suspect.

Beginning November 22, 2019, a single male suspect has targeted banks for the purpose of robbery.  The suspect would enter the bank, approach the teller window, and threaten to shoot everyone in the bank unless provided cash.  The suspect would then flee the location on foot. Investigators have identified five bank robberies committed or attempted by this suspect in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.

LAPD says the most recent bank robbery occurred on Monday, December 16, 2019 in Hollywood. There were to reported “attempted” robberies in the area that day as well. WeHo Daily reported on an attempted robbery in West Hollywood on Monday, which have confirmed as being only an attempt. Another was reported on Sunset in Hollywood, and while the initial call was for an attempt, we cannot confirm that is what LAPD concluded after responding.

While the timing fits, we have not confirmed with authorities that these incidents are tied to the same suspect, or why he seems to have failed in at least one of these attempts.

LAPD described the suspect as a male Black with black hair and a beard.  He stands approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 170-200 pounds and is known to wear dark clothing and sunglasses.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Robbery Homicide Detectives Freddy Arroyo or Daniel Jaramillo at (213) 486-6840.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-247 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.  Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.                                               

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LAPD Seeks Help Finding 3 Robbers of Local LA Convenience Stores

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Area detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects responsible for a convenience store robbery.

On January 13, between the hours of 3:10 a.m. and 3:45 a.m., three suspects entered two local convenient stores. the first is in the 5000 block of West Sunset Boulevard and the second store is in the 4600 block of Franklin Avenue.

All three suspects took a number of items. They fled on foot, and no vehicle was seen. The same suspects have committed thefts at the Sunset Boulevard location many times in the past. Detectives believe the suspects live in the area.

The three suspect were described as male Hispanics in their 20’s. One was last seen wearing a white shirt, one a black long sleeve shirt and the third a black hooded sweatshirt and pants.

Anyone with information about this incident, or for more information, is asked to call Northeast Area Robbery Detective Kelly Clark at (323) 847-3471. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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$145K in Cash Stolen From Van of Santa Ana Marijuana Distributor

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SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Authorities are searching for at least one suspect who stole $145,000 in cash from the van of a marijuana product distributor Wednesday night in a Santa Ana gas station parking lot. Jan. 15.

The theft, which was caught on security video, occurred at around 7:17 p.m. at a Mobil gas station in the 1300 block of East Dyer Road.

After collecting cash from several pot dispensaries, the victim had parked his van and then walked into the gas station. A Nissan Pathfinder then pulled up and the passenger got out and smashed the victim’s side window. He then took $145,000 in cash and sped away.

The suspect was described as having medium complexion, 25 to 35 years of age, wearing a red jacket […]

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Gun Discharged in Beverly Hills Robbery, Suspect Arrested

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On Saturday, January 11, 2020, at approximately 5:35 p.m., Beverly Hills Police responded to a report of an armed robbery involving shots fired.

A male suspect approached a male adult victim on the sidewalk in the 300-block of N. Canon Dr.  The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded the victim’s property.  After taking the victim’s property (jewelry), the suspect ran from the location.  Sometime during his attempt to escape, the suspect fired at least one round from the firearm. 

WeHo Daily reader Jonny Umansky heard the shots fired and said stores were immediately on lockdown. He provided a photo showing police blocking the streets.

No one was struck by gunfire and no one was injured during the robbery.  

Officers responding to the location immediately located the suspect inside a retail store in the 200-block of N. Beverly.  The suspect ran from police out of the rear of the store.

Police secured the area and began an extensive search.  The suspect was located in the 200-block of north Beverly/Canon alley at approx. 8:30 p.m. and safely taken into custody.  

Police said the suspect’s name and arrest charges will be available after the booking process was completed.

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