Authorities were asking for the public’s help Tuesday in identifying a man wanted in the strong-arm robbery of a bicycle from a boy at a South Los Angeles-area park on Halloween.
The robbery occurred around 12:20 p.m. at Ted Watkins Park on East 103rd Street, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The park is in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone neighborhood.
The 11-year-old had just won the bicycle during a raffle at a Halloween celebration when the suspect approached him and “forcefully pulled the bicycle from his grasp,” the release stated.
The man then placed a small girl onto the handlebars and rode away, according to the release. The boy and his mother chased after the man, but they were unable to catch him.
His image was positively identified by the boy and his mother through pictures taken at the event.
The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old, weighing about 200 pounds and standing 5 feet 10 inches tall.
The man had a “StL” tattoo on his left arm and other tattoos on his neck and right arm, the release stated.
In the the news release, the bike was described as a “Micardi Civoli” beach cruiser with a black frame, green rims and a white seat. A flier provided by the Sheriff’s Department described the bike as a “Micargi Tivola,” which corresponds to a beach cruiser model on bike-maker Micargi’s website.
The bike was valued at $160, according to the flier.
Anyone who recognized the suspect or had any other information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Parks Bureau, Detective Daniel Cerda at 213- 216-7675.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you can call “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477, or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or go to http://lacrimestoppers.org.