Man Arrested in Hollywood Hammer Robberies

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Police have arrested one man in connection with a string of smash-and-grab street robberies in Hollywood last week.

The suspect was arrested early Monday after allegedly using a hammer to threaten a victim in a robbery around midnight at Lexington and Cherokee avenues.

There were four similar crimes in the area on the night of March 4, all in the span of about 30 minutes.

According to police, at least two men in their late teens or early 20s threatened the victims with hammers and knives, and possibly even a Taser.

In the first three incidents, the suspects approached the victims on foot.

They were reported at the intersections of Yucca Street and Las Palmas Avenue, Selma Avenue and Schrader Boulevard, and June Street and Lexington Avenue.

The suspects took cash, cellphones, wallets and, in the third incident, a saxophone.

Each of the victims was alone, according to police. There were no injuries reported.

In the fourth incident, the suspects tried unsuccessfully to steal a car at Cahuenga Boulevard and Waring Avenue.

“There were four separate robberies that occurred in the Hollywood area, starting north and working their way south,” said LAPD Det. Brad Mossy.

“The final one was an attempted carjacking. We believe the same suspects were involved in all the robberies,” he said.

Police are still searching for additional suspects. Anyone with information on the crimes or the suspects is asked to call the LAPD.

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