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News Release

Friday, January 26, 2018

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

On January 15, 2018, around 8:00 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at a local mini market in the 5100 block of south Central Avenue.

Victims were sitting near the register located by the entrance of the market when the suspect entered the market with a handgun and pointed it at both victims. One victim immediately stood up and attempted to take the gun from the suspect but instead, a shoving match ensued. The suspect then pointed the gun back at the victims and demanded the money from the cash register. One of the victims fearing for their safety, gave the suspect the money from the register. The suspect grabbed the money and ran out of the market.

The suspect is described as a male Black, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has a large protruding tooth and possibly a gray mustache. He was last seen wearing black pants and a dark hooded jacket with a gray stripe on each sleeve and carrying a revolver.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Avila or Detective Lowe at 323 846-6572. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.