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News Release

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Media Relations

Donut Shop Robbery Suspect Caught on Video NR18022ml

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help on identifying an armed robbery suspect whose images were caught on surveillance video.

On January 18, 2018 at about 10:00 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at a donut shop near the 100 block of West Florence Avenue in Newton Division.

The suspect entered the location and jumped over the counter. The suspect grabbed witness-1 by the collar of his shirt while pointing a gun at him, forced him to the register and demanded that he open the register.

Witness-1 was unable to open the register. The suspect then became frustrated, chambered a round and shoved witness-1 into a nearby wall. The suspect fled on foot without any property.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, standing approximately 5 feet 07 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 lbs., 30 years of age. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, black ski mask and carrying a black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect's vehicle is described as a dark, 4 door, vehicle, unknown make or model.

Below are preventative insights one should consider while walking on the streets:
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially in isolated areas. Familiarize yourself with street names or landmarks in case an emergency occurs. Be cognizant of strangers standing around or behind you.
  • void travelling alone on the street. Suspects generally target lone victims.
  • Avoid possessing large amount of money on your person or in your place of business.
  • Limit the use of electronics that would distract your attention from potential dangers. If using a cellular phone, look up occasionally to reacquaint your surroundings.
  • Exercise discretion wearing high-valued jewelry or using expensive cellular phones. Consider using hands-free earphones allowing you to keep your cellular phone concealed while in use.
  • If a crime occurs to you or others, be a good witness. Observe as much detail as possible of the suspect without intervening. Your life is more valuable than property.
  • Report the crime as soon as possible by calling 911. Delayed reporting can significantly reduce the possibility of apprehending the suspect.
Anyone with information or can identify the suspect is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Trimino, J., Serial No. 34894 or Detective DeAvila, L., Serial No. 37017 at (323) 846-6572. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.