A woman fought off a man who brandished a knife and demanded money at her family’s tax and insurance business in Pomona last weekend in a crime that was caught on camera.
Concepscion Escalante, 23, told KTLA she was working alone Saturday at ALE Insurance Services, along Garey Avenue near Grand Avenue, when her attacker entered the business. After asking a few questions, the man ended up pulling a knife and robbing the establishment.
“I hit him in his private area,” the victim said.
She is seen in surveillance video struggling with the robber over the knife for about a minute before he ultimately fled, managing to grab about $1,000 before ran off, according to Escalante.
The victim added that she was operating on instinct at the time.
“I don’t know how he didn’t cut me anywhere,” she said.
The woman said her attacker had brown and gray hair, nice teeth and spoke only Spanish.
The same man is believed to be responsible for a series of armed robberies and robbery attempts in the area, including robberies at three local gas stations, the Pomona Police Department said via social media.
Police further described the robber as a Latino man of about 40 years old, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a mustache. He’s been seeing wearing blue jeans, dark or gray tennis shoes, baseball caps and straw hats during the crimes.
Anyone with information can reach the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2155. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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The man pictured is believed to be responsible for several robberies & attempted robberies in #Pomona.
— Pomona Police Dept. (@PomonaPD) September 6, 2019