Update: LAPD Arrests Grinder Restaurant Robbery Suspect

December 21, 1998

Monday, December 21, 1998
On December 13, 1998 at approximately 10:30 p.m., three armed suspects committed a take-over robbery of the Grinder Restaurant on the corner of Normandie Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard in the Harbor Gateway.

The suspects were especially brutal in robbing both employees and patrons in the restaurant at the time. The suspects struck the victims with their handguns and in one case slit the throat of the cook before they left. One female patron was also sexually assaulted during the twenty-minute incident.

On December 15, 1998 at 11:15 p.m., detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division arrested Jerrell Douglas Jones, a 22-year-old male African-American, a resident of Los Angeles at the Gray Hound Bus Station on the 700 block of Alameda Street in Los Angeles. Jones was about to get on a bus enroute to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jones has been charged with 19 felony counts including attempted murder, rape, robbery, etc. and is being held without bail. Jones is currently on parole for first-degree burglary and was recently released from the state prison approximately ten months ago. Jones is also a known Los Angeles area gang member.

This arrest was made possible as the result of an anonymous tip that was called into the Sheriffs Department and forwarded to LAPD detectives.

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December 21, 1998