Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Area are asking for the public’s help in identifying robbery suspects that have targeted lone and elderly victims between February 8, 2021, and November 16, 2021.
The female suspects are known to approach their victims in rental vehicles, some with out of state plates, driven by a male suspect with dark skin, and have done one of the following:
• Ask for directions to a church and/or pharmacy
• Offered assistance to the victims
• Offered free gold
• Advised the victim that she wanted to “bless” the victim’s money
On two separate occasions, the suspect blew an unknown powder-substance in the victim’s faces, prior to taking the victim’s property. The suspects use these tactics to lure the elderly victims to their vehicle to commit these robberies, without having to step out of their vehicles, in an attempt to conceal their identities. Detectives believe the suspects are part of a crew working in concert with one another crew, due to the description of the suspects and their pattern of conduct while committing these crimes.
The suspects are described as male and female Hispanics or mixed race of Eastern Europe descent. The females have been described as having blonde or black hair, some having gold teeth, and one having a facial disfigurement. They speak with a Middle Eastern accent when they speak English, however they are also fluent in Spanish. One female suspect always sits in the front passenger seat, and an additional female sits in the rear passenger seat, who is the one that lures the victims to the vehicle. On occasion, there has been a child in a car seat.
Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call Rampart Robbery Detective A. Trimino at (213) 484-3631 or Detective III E. Ignacio at (213) 484-3627. 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 the L.A. 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.