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Los Angeles: In early 2021, Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD), Robbery Special Section (RSS), identified an ongoing crime trend of follow home robberies. The suspects target victims in Los Angeles, follow them, and commit the robberies as the victims go into isolated areas such as a parking lot or as they arrive home.
On April 28, 2022 around 1:10 p.m., the victim was at a shopping center in the 8500 block of Beverly Boulevard when he was followed to his vehicle by a male suspect. Once at his vehicle, the suspect confronted the victim and demanded his high-end watch. During the confrontation, the victim was struck by the suspect and sustained a minor laceration. The victim, in fear, complied with the suspects demands and gave him his watch. The suspect then fled the area.
Witnesses to the crime assisted responding Los Angeles Police Department officers, who located the suspect. A search of the area led to the recovery of victim’s watch and a loaded handgun believed to have been used by the suspect.
Robbery-Homicide Division’s Follow Away Task Force responded and assumed investigative responsibility for the case. This investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration on Tuesday, May 3rd.
Anyone with information or video regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Alonzo and Detective Mrakich at (213) 486-6840. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”