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News Release

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Media Relations

Cellphone Store Robbery Caught on Tape NR10195bb

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Newton Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who robbed Lupita’s Cell store.

On March 18, 2010, at around 3:25 p.m., an armed male entered Lupita’s Cell store near the area of Central Avenue and 41st Street in the Newton Area of Los Angeles.  The male suspect ran into the business pointing a handgun at the employee, jumped over the front counter, grabbed the employee and forced the employee to open the cash register.  Once the register was opened, the suspect grabbed the cash and ran from the location.  

The suspect is described as an African American with black hair, brown eyes, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160-180 pounds and about 30-35 years old.  

*Images of the suspect were captured by surveillance cameras within the store and are available at

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Newton Area Robbery Detectives Humphreys or Matsuda at 323-846-6572.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.