Violent “Western Bandit” May Have Resurfaced

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western-banditLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Los Angeles police say they believe a violent serial robber has resurfaced along the Western corridor.

LAPD detectives say the man they are calling the “Western Bandit” was likely responsible for an attempted robbery and a Jan. 8 robbery where a witness was shot and wounded.

“This is a huge concern for us and for the safety of the public,” said Los Angeles police Lt. John Radtke, supervisor of West Bureau homicide detectives.

Radtke said a “signature aspect” of the crimes, which he declined to specify, has led investigators to believe the same man has reappeared for crime sprees three times.

For more than a year, the LAPD says the man has terrorized people and businesses along a six-mile stretch of Western Avenue between Hollywood and South L.A.

“It started about a year ago. We had a flurry of activity. We had several shootings and one that resulted in a homicide,” Radke said.

“Sometime after that, the shootings stopped, but later this summer, the suspect returned,” he said.

The suspect is now linked to a series of armed robberies along Western Avenue, from Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood to Florence Avenue in South L.A.

“What’s disturbing about this suspect is… unfortunately with this guy, he is quick to pull the gun and he is quick to use the gun,” Radke said.

Last November, police say he shot a woman through her car window, grabbed her purse and then fled.

Another victim was shot even after giving the suspect her money, according to police.

Police also say he is responsible in the shooting death of a transgender woman in Hollywood.

The victim was 32-year-old Nathan Vicker, who friend’s say went by the name Cassidy. She was shot and killed last year near the intersection of Gower Street and Lexington Avenue.

“Three of our victims in this series did involve victims from the transgender community,” Radke said.

“We have no evidence to suggest that this guy is specifically targeting people because of their sexual orientation, however we are greatly concerned,” he said.

“People need to be especially vigilant and careful when they’re along Western Avenue during the late night and early morning hours.”

Residents are being urged to be on the lookout for the suspect, who is believed to live in the area and may travel on foot or by bicycle.

“If this person comes up to you and demands property, give it up,” Radke emphasized. “Don’t try to fight him, don’t run from him, becasue you could be in danger.”

The suspect is believed to be between 35 and 40 years old. He is described as a black male, 5’9″ to 6′ tall with a stocky build.

Anyone who has information about him is asked to call the LAPD at 877-LAPD-247 (877-527-3247).

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  • PublicNME

    Don't fight back be good sheep and listen to the experts they know what is best for you.Give him anything he wants bend over for him and it will be ok.

      • Roger

        Hopefully there won't be any more violence. Why do you always think violence is the solution to every problem? That's what barbarians along the pakistani tribal region think. I'm glad we're above that here.

          • WTE

            Maybe you can explain to everyone why you stalk me from web site to web site and cluck like a hen. I can even make you reply like a trained monkey.


          • Roger

            It makes more sense than your monkey comment.
            I have given you my permission to breathe. You're still posting so obviously you bow to my authority and submit to my demand that you breathe.

            You're the trained monkey here, and I still demand that you breathe or I will allow you pass out and then I'll force you to resume breathing anyhow. Resistance is futile trained monkey.

            See, if you want to do nonsense comments instead of serious debate I can do that. But this is a serious issue and your instant push for more violence is just as silly as your monkey tirades.

            Self defense is one thing, but looking for an excuse to use violence is another.

          • WTE

            Breathing is an involuntary( anyone with half a brain knows that so that leaves you out) action and you can't command someone to breath monkey roger. Making a comment is a voluntary action that you are either told to do or you do on your own. I give you the go ahead to reply to my comments. If I did not give you permission you would not respond. I see they are sending you into space again monkey:

            You can reply to this comment monkey roger . I am sure you will fling poo since thats all you know how to do

          • Roger

            I notice you didnt' argue about being my monkey.And just because I demand you do something doesn't mean you get to waffle on about it. Just do as you're told and breathe monkey!

          • Roger

            Yet you bow to my authority and continue breathing.
            Such a good little monkey. Now if I can just train you to not bother decent people who just want to talk about the news.

          • WTE

            You don't command me to breath monkey. YOu can't and you can't show you can. I can show I command you to reply.

            Reply monkey roger

          • Roger

            But you are still breathing, still bowing to my authority. And you must keep on breathing or I will strike you down and make you breathe while you are still out on the floor!

            How does it feel to be so 'owned' mr monkey?

          • Roger

            The problem with that is that it's not so. He was trolling before I paid attention to him, he has a set talking points routine he goes through.

            I distract him and keep him off balance, other wise you'd be hearing about how evil Christians are and how Hitler was a monster due to his strong Christian faith that demanded it. Then he'd segway into the old texts that even Jews don't follow and use them to prove Christ wants that from His followers.

            Stay safe.

  • OMG

    It's a shame that they put someone in jail for the crime,two months ago and the A***hole is still out on the streets hurting people. What did he do brake out of jail and strik again and went back to jail? FOREAL! OMG!