Subway Store Robbery, Caught on Tape NR10454pv

September 16, 2010

Angeles. LAPD detectives released video today of an
apparent lone gunman who robbed a Subway sandwich shop this
week, and got away with $1,600.

“The video is quite graphic in the way this suspect jumps the
counter and pushed the employees around,” said Lt. Paul Vernon,
commanding officer of the Central Detective Division. “Turns out
he was armed with a BB gun pistol, which he left behind.”

Around 6:25 a.m., on September 14, a Black man, wearing a white
baseball cap and black hoodie, ordered a sandwich at the counter of
the Subway sandwich shop at 155 W. Washington Boulevard in downtown
Los Angeles. As the employee prepares the sandwich, the robber
pulls a gun from his jacket and jumps the counter. The employee
runs into the backroom and another employee is surprised to
discover the robbery in progress. The robber violently pushed the
two employees back to the front counter, forcing the frightened
employees on the floor. He grabs the money and jumps the counter
again, giving one more warning to the employees before he

Witnesses described a 1998 to 1999 red Ford F-150 pick-up truck as
the getaway car. Neither of the employees was injured, and police
recovered the BB gun at the scene.

Robberies in the downtown area have dropped 17 percent this year
over last year, which amounts to 59 fewer robberies.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective
Lisa Schueller, Central Robbery Unit, at 213-972-1248. Anonymous
tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by
texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cell phone. All text messages
should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at, click on “webtips” and follow the

Lt. Paul Vernon is available for interviews in English, and
Detective Lisa Schueller can do interviews in Spanish.