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Employee Found Dead Inside South L.A. Laundromat; Robbery Investigated as Possible Motive

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Robbery was being investigated as a possible motive in the death of an employee at a South L.A. laundromat after a fellow employee discovered his body Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A man was found dead inside this South Los Angeles laundromat on April 9, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A man was found dead inside this South Los Angeles laundromat on April 9, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A person who lived at the laundromat — located in the 7300 block of South Figueroa Street in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood — returned home to discover the man’s body, and reported a “man down” to 911 dispatchers around 12:25 a.m., LAPD Detective Eric Crosson said.

A black man in his 50s was discovered at the scene and pronounced dead. His identity was not yet known, but he was described as a longtime employee at the facility.

Robbery was believed to be the motive behind his death, Crosson said.

Crosson would not say if the laundromat, which had closed at 10 p.m. on Friday, had been broken into or if anything was missing.

The man’s cause of death was also not known.

Investigators planned to review surveillance footage recorded at the scene and asked anyone with information to come forward.