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Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Two Suspects Sought in Armed Robbery NR09324rh

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help in searching for two suspects who robbed a liquor store at gunpoint on July 7, 2009, in Van Nuys.

At around 10:15 p.m., two men described as Armenian walked into a liquor store in the 13000 block of Victory Boulevard, pointed a handgun at the store clerk and ordered the clerk to lie down.  The suspect stole several packs of cigarettes and lottery tickets then threw the cash register to the ground and took an undisclosed amount of cash.  Before leaving the store, one suspect demanded the cashier to tell them where the surveillance video was located.  The suspects attempted to enter a backroom, but was unsuccessful.  Both men fled the store to an awaiting dark colored mini-van.

The first suspect was armed with a chrome handgun.  He is described as a male Armenian, 20-25 years-old, thin build.  He was last seen wearing a black sleeve shirt, black pants, dark baseball cap, black and white scarf, and black gloves.

The other suspect is described as a male Armenian, 20-25 years-old, medium build, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 170 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a brown jacket, black shirt, dark baseball cap, black and white scarf, and black gloves.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Van Nuys Detective Vivian Flores at 818-374-0079.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.