SHERMAN OAKS—Authorities are continuing their search for a man suspected of taking part in a watch robbery back on November 30, 2017 at the Macy’s inside the Westfield Fashion Square mall in Sherman Oaks. Two suspects have already been taken into custody by police.
Joseph Daniel Chavez was arrested on Wednesday, January 24 and is being held at the Van Nuys Jail. Chavez’s cousin and robbery partner, Joseph Anthony Chavez was arrested on December 2, 2017. Both men are in their 20s and are residents of North Hollywood. They are currently being held in lieu of bail.
The Los Angeles Police Department revealed the robbery took place at approximately 10:35 a.m. inside the Macy’s. Two men entered the store and began using a hammer to break the glass counter of a watch display.
The Los Angeles Police Department first responded to calls indicating there had been a shooting. The first responders rushed to the location. Van Nuys Division Capt. Lillian Carranza indicated via Twitter: “NOT an ACTIVE Shooter Macy’s Westfield Fashion Square 14006 Riverside Dr. We are investigating an armed robbery. No known shots fired. No known injuries. Investigation in progress.
@lapdVanNuysDiv @911LAPD @LAPDVanNuysCPAB. More to follow.”
Ground support arrived in about two minutes, and around 75 responders arrived on the scene. When they reached the scene they found that there had been no shots fired, but that at least one of the robbers had been armed with a gun. They deduced that it had been a smash-and-grab style robbery.
The robbers escaped the mall through the east exit using a white or silver SUV as a getaway vehicle. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believes the man who broke the glass was Joseph Daniel Chavez. He was accompanied by the unnamed third suspect while Joseph Anthony Chavez waited outside in the getaway car.
After breaking the glass, Chavez is suspected of drawing a firearm and pointing it at several bystanders. The unnamed suspect then grabbed multiple luxury watches, and both men fled to the waiting vehicle.
The two suspect fled the scene with more then seven watches, each valued at around $1,000 dollars indicated Los Angeles Police Department Detective Peter Barba to the Daily News.
Authorities are continuing to search for the third suspect. He is described as being a Hispanic man between 5 feet and 6 inches to 5 feet and 10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing white shoes, a brown hat, and a black and gray hoodie with tan shorts. He is thought to be between 20 to 30 years old.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery is encouraged to contact Van Nuys Robbery Detective Barba at 818-374-0087.
Written By Dylan Gera and Donald Roberts