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Robbery Suspects Captured on Surveillance Video

Koreatown: The Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Area, Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help identifying armed robbery suspects whose images were caught on surveillance video.

On January 5, 2019, at approximately 1:23 p.m., Suspect-1 and Suspect-2 entered a Catholic Church Supply store located in the 3600 block of West Olympic Boulevard. They browsed merchandise in the store for a short time before Suspect-1 pointed a handgun at the clerk and forced her into the office area in the back of the store. Suspect-2 forced a female customer into the office area as well. Suspect-1 held the victims in the office area while Suspect-2 removed jewelry items and placed them in her bag. Both suspects fled on foot with the store's property.

On January 17, 2019, at approximately 12:20 p.m., Suspect-2 entered a shoe store located in the 4200 block of 3rd Street and appeared to be browsing the merchandise. Shortly afterwards, Suspect-1 entered the store and pointed a small black handgun at the clerk. The suspects forced the clerk to the storage area in the back of the store. Suspect-2 removed items from the victim as Suspect-1 held her at gunpoint. Suspect-1 and Suspect-2 fled on foot with the victim's property.

Both locations were Korean run businesses and are locked during normal business hours. Customers must be let in by the clerks, or have appointments to enter the locations. In both cases, clerks allowed the suspects to enter.

Suspect-1 is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, medium build, approximately 30-40 years of age. On January 5, 2019, he was wearing a baseball cap, scarf and glasses. On January 17, 2019, he was wearing a knit winter hat and a Gap hooded sweatshirt.

Suspect-2 is described as a female Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 3 to 5 inches tall, medium build, approximately 30-45 years of age. On January 5, 2019, she was wearing a black baseball cap and glasses with a grey sweatshirt and pants. On January 17, 2019, she was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, hooded winter jacket and glasses.



Anyone with information is urged to contact Olympic Division Detectives, Robbery Section, Detective Brian Calicchia at (213) 382-9466. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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 www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. 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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