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Street Vendor Robbed and Brutally Assaulted

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying violent robbery suspects.

On March 18, 2018, around 5:00 a.m., Newton Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a Robbery Investigation at the corner of 31st Street and San Pedro Street in the City of Los Angeles. Upon arrival to the scene, officers discovered 54-year-old street vendor Pedro Reyes suffering from facial injuries he sustained as a result of being assaulted by suspects during a street robbery.

Reyes was in the process of setting up his produce for the day when the suspects drove up and exited their vehicles. The suspects demanded money from Reyes and other street vendors on the street. Reyes attempted to run away, but was caught by the suspects. The suspects punched and kicked Reyes repeatedly in the face, before taking his money and the additional street vendor's money. The suspects fled in their vehicles.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Reyes to a local hospital where is currently being treated for a broken jaw and facial fractures. Two additional victims were treated at the scene for minor injuries and not transported.

The suspects were described as four male Blacks, 25 to 40 years old, and one female Black, approximately 25 years old.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Nubia Avila, Newton Area Robbery, at (323) 846-6572. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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