The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Friday has asked for help locating two people who were allegedly involved in the violent robbery of an 80-year-old man at a Lancaster grocery store.
The victim was in the bathroom of the Superior market in the 1000 block of East Avenue J around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was brutally beaten by a man, who then took off with his wallet, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives with the Lancaster sheriff’s station are asking for the public’s help to identify two people sought in connection with the incident.
Sheriff’s officials identified the man as 22-year-old Damaris Wade. He’s described as Black, 5 feet, 11 inches and weighing 200 pounds.
The woman was identified as 33-year-old Tamika White, according to a sheriff’s bulletin. Officials described her as Black, 5 feet tall and about 210 pounds.
They were last seen in a 2007 Nissan Altima with a California license plate No. 8CCC010. Authorities have released photos of the wanted pair as well as their car.
Prior to identifying the two, investigators said they believed the man may have beaten and robbed the victim, who is Hispanic, while the woman accompanied him to the store, according to the release.
“At this time, there is no evidence indicating this is a hate crime and seems exclusively to be a robbery,” a sheriff’s statement read.
The victim, identified by family members as Roberto Flores Lopez, suffered multiple broken ribs and facial injuries, authorities said. He’s being treated in the intensive care unit of Antelope Valley Hospital.
According to relatives, the assailant continued to attack Lopez even after he gave up his wallet, kicking the older man and striking him in the head. Lopez was left on the floor, begging for his life, his family said.
“Someone found him inside the bathroom and he was bleeding on the floor,” Francisco Ordorico, the victim’s son, told KTLA.
Lopez’s grandchildren have set up a GoFundMe to help pay his medical expenses, saying he faces a long recovery that could take months or even years. As of Friday afternoon, the page had raised nearly $30,000.
Anyone who sees the wanted pair is urged to call the the Sheriff’s Department at 661-948-8466.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted through “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-8477 or by going to the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.