WESTWOOD—Detectives from Los Angeles Police Department West Los Angeles is asking for the public’s help to a suspect who committed multiple business robberies. The LAPD reported that on Sunday, January 27, at around 1:15 a.m., a male suspect entered a store near Santa Monica Boulevard and Wellesley Avenue. The suspect walked up to the register, lifted his shirt, and revealed the handle of a black handgun inside his front waistband.
He placed a plastic bag on the counter and demanded money. The employee placed money inside the bag and the suspect later demanded lottery scratchers. After the employee placed the lottery tickets inside the bag, the suspect fled the location.
On January 27, at around 6:15 a.m., a male suspect entered a gas station near Santa Monica Boulevard and Beloit Avenue. The suspect similar to the previous robbery walked up to the register, placed a plastic bag on the counter, and demanded money.
The employee did not understand the initial request, which prompted the suspect to lift his shirt, revealing the handle of a black handgun. The suspect was wearing blue rubber gloves and demanded lottery scratchers in addition to the money. After the employee placed the lottery scratchers and money inside plastic bag, the suspect grabbed the bag and fled the location.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, between the ages of 27 and 33. He has short brown or red hair, stands approximately 5 feet and 5 inches to 5 feet and 8 inches tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing black baseball cap embossed with “Hurley,” a dark jacket with a light colored print on the front panel, black jeans, and black shoes.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact West Los Angeles Robbery Detective Witzer at 310-444-1529. 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 can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters may visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an onlinetip. Tipsters can download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.
Written By Donald Roberts and Emily Loudermilk