A suspected serial robber was in custody Thursday after allegedly shooting two clerks during a three-day crime spree in which three South Los Angeles businesses were hit.
The robberies began Monday when a man described as "brazen and dangerous" by police entered a gas station and in the 3200 block of West 54th Street (map) and pulled out a gun, a clerk at the station said.
Surveillance video shows a man wearing dark-colored clothes following the clerk through a security door to get behind the counter.
"I cooperated as much as I could because I know this guy can just shoot me," the clerk said.
He gave the robber all of the cash from his drawer and the man left without injuring the clerk.
During the robbery, there was a “brief struggle” that prompted the man to fire at a 42-year-old clerk, hitting her multiple times, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Jerry Gibson said.
The clerk was hospitalized and released from surgery in stable condition, according to the detective.
The robber was described as a black man between 40 and 50 years old of medium height and medium build.
The third robbery, in which another clerk was shot, occurred Wednesday at an Arco station located on West Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard (map).
The clerk was hospitalized in serious condition following the shooting.
"I believe that he is desperate for cash quickly. I believe that he is very dangerous and I believe that he will do it until he's caught," Gibson said.
Authorities detained a man who fit the robber's description Wednesday night and confirmed an arrest had been made in the case Thursday morning.