Police Seek Assistance With Series of Robberies

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crime-scene-tape bus stop murderThe Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individuals responsible for a series of robberies that occurred during the late night hours and would also like to remind residents about their personal safety.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at approximately 11:40 p.m., a young woman was walking in the area of 14th Street and Pacific Avenue when she was approached by two male suspects. Once suspect struck the victim in the head with a handgun, knocking her to the ground and then taking her purse. Both suspects then fled eastbound on 14th Street in a vehicle described as a white 4-door, possibly a Toyota or Nissan type.

At approximately 12:00 a.m., about 20 minutes later, two suspects confronted an adult male and female in the area of 1st Street and Alamitos Avenue. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at one of the victims, forcing the pair into a nearby alley. While one suspect went through one of the victim’s pockets, the second suspect went through the other victim’s pockets taking personal items including keys and a cell phone before both suspects fled on foot.

At approximately 12:25 a.m., about 25 minutes after the second incident, two suspects confronted a fourth victim in the area of 7th Street and Junipero Avenue. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the male adult victim, while the second suspect rifled through the victim’s pockets taking a cell phone charger before both suspects fled on foot.

The suspects have been described as follows:

Suspect #1 – male Black, approximately 5’9″ – 6’0”, thin with a dark complexion and wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt and shorts

Suspect #2 – male Black, approximately 5’9” – 6’0”, thin, wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt and shorts

Based on the physical description of the suspects, the timing of the incidents, and the manner in which the crimes were committed, detectives believe all three incidents were possibly committed by the same individuals. The L.B.P.D. would like to remind residents to practice the following safety tips which could possibly prevent them from becoming a victim:

  • Never walk alone, especially after dark
  • Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you at all times
  • Be mindful of situations/locations that make you vulnerable such as alleys and parking lots
  • If you feel you are being followed or targeted, move to a well-populated and lighted area
  • Keep jewelry out of plain sight and concealed under clothing
  • Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1
  • If you are the victim of a robbery, call 9-1-1 immediately and give a good description of the suspect(s)

Anyone who may have any information regarding these incidents is urged to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detective Rudy Romero at (562) 570-7464. To report information anonymously, visit www.tipsubmit.com.

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