Police were asking for the public’s help Thursday in identifying a man wanted in a series of strong-arm robberies committed within hours of each other in a two to three block radius in the Pico-Union area.
The first incident was recorded on surveillance video around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at a market in the 1800 block of West Pico Boulevard.
After entering the store, the robber can be seen arguing with a clerk. The man then grabs a case of beer and punches the clerk before leaving, the video showed.
Fifteen minutes later, the robber approached a man in the 1300 block of Alvarado Terrace where he attempted to sell the victim some marijuana, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
When the victim said he wasn't interested, the suspect then demanded money and began to punch the victim in the face, the release stated.
The suspect took victim’s property and ran off.
Around 6:30 p.m. on the same evening, police said the man struck for a third time, approaching another man and demanding his cellphone.
When the victim said no, the suspect also punched him in the face, the release stated. The victim ran toward a nearby group of people where a female bystander told the suspect to leave the victim alone.
The man then focused his attention on the female and approached her, demanding her property. When she refused, the suspect punched her in the face and ran away, according to the release.
The suspect was described as a male Hispanic between the ages of 20 to 25 years old with a shaved head and brown eyes. He was around 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed approximately 140 pounds.
Anyone with information or who recognizes the suspect was urged to call LAPD’s Rampart Area Robbery Detectives at 213- 484-3629. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts. Tipsters may remain anonymous.