Beginning on June 28, 2018 to August 30, 2018, Robbery-Homicide Division’s Robbery Special Section has been investigating ten robberies at Subway restaurants in the San Fernando Valley.
On Thursday, August 30, 2018, detectives arrested Frank Sanabria, 37 years of age, from Canoga Park and Stephanie Villareal, 36 years of age, from North Hills. The pair was identified as suspects in six robberies at Subway restaurants and seven additional robberies of gas station mini marts throughout the San Fernando Valley. On September 4, 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Sanabria with 10 counts of robbery and Villareal with five counts of robbery.
Four Subway robberies in the San Fernando Valley remain unsolved. Detectives believe this suspect is responsible for four Subway robberies and three liquor store robberies over a two-day period.
On August 5th, 2018, the suspect entered a liquor store in the 4000 block of Fulton Avenue. The suspect asked to see a bottle of liquor from behind the counter. When the clerk gave the suspect the liquor, he ran from the store with the bottle.
The following day, August 6th, 2018, the suspect committed five armed robberies in the Hollywood Area, West Hollywood Area and continuing into the San Fernando Valley.
On August 7th, 2018, the suspect returned to the liquor store on Fulton Avenue in Van Nuys and attempted to rob them at gunpoint. The suspect committed two robberies of Subway restaurants afterwards.
Detectives have released videos of one of the Subway robberies, the attempt robbery of a liquor store, and the theft that occurred at the same liquor store.
The suspect is described as a male White, possibly Armenian, with black hair, brown eyes, 5’10”- 5’11” tall, 160-170 pounds, 20-25 years of age. The suspect used a grey semi-auto handgun.
Dates, times and location of robberies committed by the suspect: 08-06-18 8:00 pm Liquor store 7000 block of Santa Monica Blvd (LASD West Hwd Area) 08-06-18 8:30 pm Liquor store 1700 block of N. Highland 08-06-18 8:40 pm Subway 8000 block of Laurel Canyon 08-06-18 8:45 pm Liquor store 13000 block of Roscoe Blvd 08-06-18 9:35 pm Subway 4000 block of Laurel Canyon Blvd 08-07-18 5:55 pm Liquor store 4000 block of Fulton Ave 08-07-18 6:00 pm Subway 13000 block of Burbank Blvd 08-07-18 6:30 pm Subway 12000 block of Burbank Blvd
If you have any information that may lead to the identification and arrest of this suspect, please contact Robbery-Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section at 213-486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.