Woman & Bystanders Foil Robbery, 2 Suspects Arrested in Downtown NR12044pv

January 25, 2012

Los Angeles: A 25-year-old woman fought back Tuesday night when two teens tried to snatch a gold chain from her neck near a bus stop at 7th Street and Maple Street, in downtown Los Angeles.  Several bystanders also intervened, forcing the would-be robbers to run away, only to be stopped a block later by LAPD bicycle officers.

“This young girl showed a lot of gumption, the way she fought back at these two guys,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division.  “It was great to see how the bystanders also came to the girl’s aid.”  The suspects punched the victim several times in the face before being chased away.

Two LAPD bicycle officers saw the pair of robbers running and looking back.  “The officers did what curious officers should do: investigate suspicious behavior,” Lt. Vernon explained.  Just as the officers stopped 18-year-old David Ramirez and his 17-year-old companion, a witness ran up and told the officers what had happened.

“Everyone was in the right place at the right time in this case,” Lt. Vernon said.  “We’ve directed officers into the 7th Street corridor to watch for these crimes of opportunity.  Between the bystanders, victim and the cops, this was community-policing at its best.”

Ramirez, who lives in Downey, was booked for attempted robbery at the Metropolitan Jail and his bail was set at $50,000.  His minor companion, a gang member who lives in South Los Angeles, was detained at Eastlake Juvenile Hall for attempted robbery.  Juveniles are not entitled to bail.

The victim was not seriously injured in the attack.

This robbery is a good reminder to pedestrians and those waiting at bus stops to remain aware of your surroundings and travel with a partner whenever possible.  Resist the temptation to text, talk on cell phones, or listen on earphones while walking.

The LAPD accepts tips on crime.  Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.