LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Police on Thursday were searching for a man suspected in a series of armed robberies targeting local Fred Loya Insurance franchises.
The alleged robber hit three Fred Loya offices in one week and tried to rob two more, police said.
The first robbery took place in Bellflower, where the gunman ordered an employee and a customer to the ground.
“He was telling us, ‘If I see any of you guys get up, I’m gonna come back and shoot you in the head,” the employee, whose identity KTLA is protecting, said.
The gunman stole cash from of a desk and then demanded the men’s wallets, the employee said.
“So he went and he’s like, ‘I said give me your wallet.’ That’s when the customer got really scared,” the employee said.
“He panicked trying to get the wallet out, and finally when he got it out that’s when he threw it,” he said.
The robber took the money out of the wallet and then tossed it back, according to the employee.
Two days after that incident, an office in Inglewood was robbed the same way, police said.
Then, two days after that, another robbery occurred at a Fred Loya office in Downey.
“I seen him and I recognized him, and I already knew that he was going to rob us,” a female employee from the Downey office recalled.
“I don’t think he’s going to stop until they get him,” she said.
All 59 Fred Loya branches in Los Angeles have begun locking their doors. A picture of the suspected robber was also posted outside every location.