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News Release

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Media Relations

Serial Street Robber's Composite Drawing

Los Angeles:

The Los Angeles Police Department and the UCLA Police Department are investigating a series of street robberies that have occurred in the vicinity of the UCLA Campus and the Westwood area since May of 2005. 

There have been 11 similar incidents, including the most recent robbery occurring on August 13, 2005.  The majority of the robberies have occurred between 10:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. between Friday’s and Sunday’s.  The victims are usually alone and walking to their apartments or vehicles.  Six of the victims have been women and nine of the robberies involved UCLA Students. 

The suspect(s) used a semi-automatic handgun or bodily force during these robberies.

There are several different versions of the suspect’s description.  The suspect was described as  Black men, ranging from the heights of 5’ 8” to 6’, 170 to 200 lbs., ages 19 to 24 and in one incident, Hispanic men from 5’ 9”, 140 to 180 lbs., ages 18 to 24.

A composite drawing of the suspect can be e-mailed by Media Relations personnel upon request from the media.

Members of the community should walk with a friend whenever possible and be aware of their surroundings. 

Anyone with any information regarding these crimes is requested to contact the West Los Angeles Detective Division at 310-444-1538. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).