BEVERLY HILLS—Two pedestrians walking in the Rodeo Drive business district were robbed of their watches by an armed suspect on September 21. The Los Angeles Times reported the suspect stole two watches from the victims totaling over $100,000. The Beverly Hills Police Department indicated the incident occurred at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way at 6:40 p.m.
The male suspect produced a handgun and demanded that both victims hand over their wristwatches. Fearing for their safety, the victims complied with the suspect’s demand. The lone male suspect then fled eastbound on foot with the stolen property.
The city of Beverly Hills’ utilized its video surveillance system to help the police identify the vehicle the suspect used to travel to Beverly Hills. They tracked the vehicle to Inglewood, where 18 hours later, Kenyon Donester, 22, from Altadena was arrested.
A subsequent search warrant and additional investigation was conducted which lead to the recovery of one of the victim’s wristwatches, which according to the LA Times was estimated at $40,000.
The second watch, a Breguet Classique Hora Mundi Menus Watch 5717BR/EU/9ZU is still missing, and has an estimated worth of $63,000.
Donester was charged with two counts of second-degree Robbery and one count of Identity Theft on September 26. He plead not guilty to charges and is expected to appear back in court on October 12.
Anyone with information about the outstanding wristwatch (see next page) is encouraged to contact the Beverly Hills Police Department’s Detective Bureau Tip Line at (310) 288-2656.