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News Release

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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September 16, 2015


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Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department and Central Area Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying additional victims of Terry Donaldson.

On September 12, 2015, around 3:00 p.m., Central Area patrol officers saw a suspect run past them. Immediately thereafter followed a victim who told the officers the suspect had just stolen his cell phone.

The officers engaged in a foot pursuit that lasted several blocks, including entry and exit of a Metro subway station. The suspect was eventually taken into custody by Central Area officers.

As the officers worked on their investigation, two additional victims approached the officers and advised that they too had been victimized by the same suspect. The robberies had occurred in the area of 4th Street, between Hope and Hill Streets.

The suspect was arrested for 211 P.C.-Robbery and for a No Bail Parole Violation Warrant from the State of Missouri.

The suspect was identified as Terry Donaldson, Male, Black, 6'6", medium build, dark complexion, and 30 years old. Donaldson admitted taking over 30 cell phones during the last month.

Central Area Detectives are asking for anyone that has information on additional victims to please contact them at (213) 833-3750. 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."