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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Robbery Suspects Target Lone Females in Panorama City NR15155lp

May 7, 2015

***UPDATE***

Oxnard:
On May 6, 2015 detectives from the Major Crimes Division arrested 21-year-old Victoria Mello, a resident of Oxnard, for the robberies that targeted lone females in Panorama City. Detectives found the Ford F150 truck that was used to commit the robberies parked near Ms. Mello's residence. Detectives also found a replica handgun and other weapons that were used during the commission of the robberies.

Further investigation led detectives to identify 26-year-old Javier Diaz as the male suspect involved in the robberies. Diaz was already in custody for an unrelated arrest warrant. Both suspects are being held pending robbery charges.

Panorama City:
The Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Area detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a male and female suspected to have committed a series of street robberies.

Two suspects, a male and a female, drive around the area of Panorama City and drive up to victims in a Ford F-150 truck. The male is usually driving and the female gets out of the truck and goes up to victims. The female suspect is armed with different weapons and will demand the victim's property. The female suspect usually takes the victim's purse and gets back in the truck. The two suspects are targeting lone females in the Panorama City Area.

The first suspect is described as a female Hispanic, between 25 and 27 years of age with black hair approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds. The second suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 25 to 27 years of age, bald and approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall. The suspects' vehicle was captured on camera during one of the robberies. The vehicle is a 2001 black Ford F150 4-door "Harley Davidson" Model with the CA license plate 77584D1.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Tim Kohl, Mission Robbery Detectives, at (818) 838-9896. 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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