Angeles: Councilwoman Jan Perry of the 9th City Council
District sponsored a $50,000 reward for information that leads to
the identification, arrest and conviction of the robbery duo whom
detectives believe has committed four armed street robberies in
downtown Los Angeles and Chinatown since April 25, 2010.
“Since releasing the eerie video that shows the moment the suspects
sight their victim in an alley, we’ve made some progress, but we
still don’t know the suspects’ names,” said Lt. Paul Vernon,
commanding officer of the Central Detective Division. “We now know
the shorter suspect is a woman, and we are releasing more video
that shows the two walking into a store near USC just two hours
after the April 28th robbery on Broadway.”
The male suspect used a victim’s credit card to make a purchase at
the Village Market on Hoover Street. “They come in the store sans
hoodies, so anyone who can recognize them from this clip might earn
some cash,” said Lt. Vernon. “We are releasing that footage for
everyone to see.”
Detectives have attributed four robberies to this Hispanic duo,
thought to be in their early twenties. The first two robberies
occurred April 25, 2010, fifteen minutes apart. At 1:30 a.m., two
suspects from a black 4-door car robbed a man in the parking lot of
923 Francisco Street, then the suspects went north to 8th Street
and Figueroa Street where they robbed a woman in a parking lot.
The car was described in the first robbery only, and had the
license plate, 5WTG502. That plate turned out to have been junked
and no longer assigned to a car.
The duo struck again on April 28, in a side alley leading to the
valet parking for the Orpheum Lofts, 818 South Broadway. This
robbery is the only one of the robberies captured on video.
The robbers struck again May 3, just after 7 p.m., when they robbed
a 30-year-old man of his money and cell phone in a residential area
of Chinatown. “This time the victim described a black Honda, which
was consistent with the first robbery in the series,” Lt. Vernon
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Al
Rasch, Central Robbery Unit, at 213-972-1245. During non-business
hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers
at1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact
Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on
most keypads) using a cell phone. All text messages should begin
with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org,
click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.
release, dated May 5, 2010.