Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area Detectives are seeking the public's help on identifying an armed robbery suspect whose images were caught on surveillance video.
On August 15, 2017 around 2:20 p.m., an armed robbery occurred near the Bank of America located at the 6400 block of Avalon Boulevard in Newton Division. The suspect approached a lone victim as the victim was leaving the bank after making a withdrawal. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded property from the victim. The victim in fear, ran from the suspect. The suspect chased the victim and caught up to him in front of the 600 block of Gage Avenue. The suspect pointed the gun at the victim and again demanded his property. The victim feared for his life and gave his property to the suspect. The suspect fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a male black, he stands about 5 feet and 11 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and is approximately 20-25 years of age. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans, black and white jacket with red stripes on the collar and sleeve, and a picture of 2 yellow tigers on the front.
Detectives are also seeking to identify two persons of interest.
First person of interest is described as a male black, he stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and black shoes.
The second person of interest is described as a female black, she stands about 5 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs about 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, and black pants.
Below are preventative insights one should consider while walking on the streets.
•Be aware of your surroundings, especially in isolated areas. Familiarize yourself with street names or landmarks in case an emergency occurs. Be cognizant of strangers standing around or behind you.
•Avoid travelling alone on the street. Suspects generally target lone victims.
•Avoid possessing large amount of money.
•Limit the use of electronics that would distract your attention from potential dangers. If using a cellular phone, look up occasionally to reacquaint your surroundings.
•Exercise discretion wearing high-valued jewelry or using expensive cellular phones. Consider using hands-free earphones allowing you to keep your cellular phone concealed while in use.
•If a crime occurs to you or others, be a good witness. Observe as much detail as possible of the suspect without intervening. Your life is more valuable than property.
•Report the crime as soon as possible by calling 911. Delayed reporting can significantly reduce the possibility of apprehending the suspect.
Anyone with information or can identify the suspect is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery Detective Avila, N., Serial No. 33895 or Detective Lowe, I., Serial No. 34414 at (323) 846-6572. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
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