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News Release

Friday, March 5, 2010

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Attempted Robbery Victim Dies From His Injuries

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who was involved Thursday night in an attempted robbery in the Canoga Park Area.

At around 8 p.m., officers responded to a report of a traffic collision in the 20600 block of Sherman Way.  Officers discovered a man lying unconscious in the roadway.  The man was later identified as 18-year-old Miguel Alvarenga, a San Fernando Valley resident.

Alvarenga was treated at scene by responding paramedics and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Officers established that Alvarenga had been approached by a suspect on a bicycle who attempted to rob him.  Alvarenga attempted to run away from the suspect and was struck by a passing car.  The suspect on the bicycle left in an unknown direction and has not yet been identified.

On Friday, Alvarenga died from his injuries.  The suspect is described only as a male Hispanic.   

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Topanga Area homicide detectives at 818-756-3363.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should all Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) using a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.