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News Release

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Media Relations

Armed Robbery Suspect Hits Two Restaurants Back to Back NR15187lp

Westchester: The Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Area robbery detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that will lead to the identification and arrest of an armed suspect that robbed two local restaurants.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, around 9:45 a.m., officers responded to a radio call of a robbery at the IHOP Restaurant located on the 8600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard.

A suspect armed with a handgun attempted to rob a waitress at the restaurant. The suspect placed a brown paper bag on the counter and demanded money from the waitress. The suspect was startled and ran from the restaurant, got into a vehicle and fled eastbound on Manchester Avenue.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, around 9:55 a.m., the same suspect entered the Denny's Restaurant located on the 8600 block of Bellanca Avenue. The suspect was still armed with a handgun. He placed a paper bag on the counter and demanded money from one of the waitress, the waitress complied and the suspect grabbed the paper bag containing an undisclosed amount of money and fled the location in a vehicle, eastbound on Arbor Vitae towards Aviation Boulevard.

The suspect is described as a 40 to 50 year old male Hispanic or light skinned male Black, with a thick dark mustache and possibly a goatee. He stands approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs between 150-175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown beanie or knit cap, a black jacket with a gray liner, light blue jeans and black boots. The suspect is to be considered armed and dangerous.

The getaway vehicle is described as a 1st or 2nd generation 1998-2010 Ford Focus, white four-door with altered or dealer plates and a rear bumper sticker.

Anyone with information in regards to this case are urged to call LAPD Pacific Division Robbery Detective Jurado at (310) 482-6373, or the Pacific Division Watch Commander at (310) 482-6357. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). 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."