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News Release

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Media Relations

Robbery Suspect Deceives Victim with Politeness


Los Angeles: On Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at about 12:00 p.m., Foothill Area Officers responded to a robbery call at the Subway Restaurant located at 9724 Woodman Avenue in Arleta.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a man described as a Caucasian male, 6’0" tall, approximately 170 pounds with dark, wavy shoulder length hair, entered the Subway Restaurant and asked a female employee for a glass of water. After receiving the cup of water he replied, "God Bless You." After he left the store, the employee prepared the daily bank deposit, wrapped the deposit in a sweater and left the store for a nearby bank.

As the employee walked towards her car, she saw a man standing near her vehicle and recognized him as the man who earlier in the day, asked for the glass of water. As she reached to open the driver’s side door, he yelled, "Ma’am". She turned around, looked at the him, then ran back towards the Subway store. The man ran after the employee, struggled with her for the money and pointed a blue steel handgun in her face. The suspect demanded the money and said that if she did not comply with his demands, that he would kill her. The victim gave the suspect the bank deposit and left the area in an unknown direction.

Foothill Area Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance to catch this dangerous robbery suspect. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Foothill Area Detectives at 818-834-3115. During off-hours and on weekends, please call the toll free 24-hour number of the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

A digital video of the suspect at the Subway Restaurant is available upon request at Media Relations Section.

This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Sara Faden, Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.