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News Release

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

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Robbery in Koreatown, Caught on Tape

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man captured on surveillance video punching and robbing an unsuspecting victim.

On Saturday, December 29, 2007, at about 10:30 p.m., the female victim, 52 years of age, had just parked her car in the parking garage at her apartment complex in the 600 block of South Wilton Place.

The suspect had previously entered the garage and was lying in wait for an unsuspecting victim. As the victim walked by him, he sprung from his hiding place and began punching the victim repeatedly in the face, knocking her to the ground. The suspect took the victim's purse and began to walk away, but returned momentarily to remove jewelry from the victim as she lay on the ground.

He is described as a male black, mid twenties, 5 ft. 5 in., wearing a dark colored, hooded sweatshirt with a multi-colored design on the front, and dark colored pants and shoes. Detective Kim said, "We hope someone in the community will recognize something familiar about this suspect and contact us. We hope to locate him before he can harm anyone else or commit more robberies."

The victim did not require medical treatment, but did suffer bruising and contusions from the attack.

To view the surveillance video, click here.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wilshire Robbery Detectives W. Wong or R. Kim at 213-922-8205. During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).