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Man Armed With Machete Sought in String of Robberies

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Police were asking for the public’s help Friday in identifying a man wanted in a string of armed robberies including three at cell phone stores in the El Sereno area.

The most recent robbery occurred Sunday at a Metro PCS store in the 4800 block of Valley Boulevard.

Robbery Suspect Caught on TapeSurveillance video showed the suspect jumping over the counter and grabbing money from the cash register, according to a LAPD statement.

He then directed an employee to a back room where he robbed the employee before leaving the store on foot, police said.

The man was typically armed with either a gun or a machete.

So far no one has been hurt, but police said he was becoming more aggressive with each robbery.

He was described as a male Hispanic between 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 180 and 220 pounds.

Numerous tattoos can be seen on both of his arms, including one on his right shoulder of a Japanese Demon with horns and a large “LA” on his right elbow.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Hollenbeck Division Robbery Detective Silva at 323-342-8986 or Detective Barajas at 323-342-8991.

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