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News Release

Monday, May 11, 2020

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Two Suspects Arrested for Assaulting a Security Guard NR20098rc

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division have arrested two suspects wanted in connection with a felony battery.

On May 1, 2020, around 10:20 a.m., two suspects entered a local store in the 5700 hundred block of Sepulveda Boulevard, in the city of Van Nuys with no mask on. The two male suspects were confronted about not wearing masks within the retail store. When they refused to wear a mask, they were escorted out of the store.

As they approached the exit, one suspect, suddenly without provocation, turned and punched a store employee, causing him and the suspect to fall to the floor. While on the ground, the store employee broke his left arm. A fight erupted between the two suspects and store employees.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the store employee to a local hospital and was treated for his injuries.

The two suspects were shortly arrested on the same day for Felony Battery and their bail was set at $50,000.

First suspect is 31-year-old, Phillip Hamilton. Booking Number 5924295.
Second suspect is 29-year-old, Paul Hamilton. Booking Number 5924294.

If anyone has information, please contact Lt. Gavin, Van Nuys Division at (818) 374-1913. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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 Tipsters may also visit 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.