Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is asking
for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who has robbed two
businesses in the Van Nuys area, at gunpoint, over a two week
On December 30, 2009, during the early evening hours, the suspect
entered a business in the 17600 block of Vanowen Street. Though
the business was full of customers at the time, the suspect was not
deterred and walked calmly to the register and quietly demanded
money. The employee opened the register and gave the suspect about
$700 in cash.
The second robbery occurred on January 8, 2010, also in the early
evening hours. The suspect entered a business in the 16200 block
of Victory Boulevard and approached clerks inside the businesses
and demanded money from the cash registers.
The suspect is described as a male white, 5’8″- 5’10” in height,
weighing 170-200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a distinctive
black and gray hooded jacket and sunglasses.
Video has been provided to investigators to assist in their
investigation. The suspect in each case is dressed in the same
fashion, specifically a two-toned hooded jacket, which
investigators are hoping is unique enough to help the public
identify this individual.
Video of the crime and suspect was captured by surveillance cameras
and is available at www.lapdtv.org
Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to call West
Valley robbery detectives at (818) 374-7730. During non-business
hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at
1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact
Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on
most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin
with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org,
click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.