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LAPD Warns of Robbery Suspect Targeting Pedestrians at Night


On Wednesday, October 14, LAPD’s Wilshire Division sent out a notice to local communities describing a man who has been robbing people who are walking or jogging by themselves between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.  The robberies have taken place in both our and other nearby neighborhoods.  The full text of the notice is below. Please be careful when you’re out at night, especially if you’re walking or running alone!

Los Angeles: LAPD Detectives have recognized a pattern of robberies in the West side of Los Angeles. The same suspect has robbed or attempted to rob several men and women over the past month. Most of the men and women that have been robbed were walking or jogging alone at night during the hours 8 p.m. – midnight.

The suspect has been described as a Black male in his 20s, driving a gray truck. He has been armed with a handgun during the robberies and fired gunshots in at least two of the incidents.

Property taken during the robberies has mostly been limited to cell phones.

The affected neighborhoods include: Mar Vista, West Adams, Picfair Village, Westchester, Mid-Wilshire, Carthay Circle, Beverly Grove, Fairfax, Crestview, Faircrest Heights, and Palms.

Residents in the area should consider the following:

• Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
• Try to stay in well-lit areas.
• Don’t walk alone at night and always avoid areas where there are few people.
• Be careful when people stop you for directions. Always reply from a distance, and never
get too close to the car.
• If you feel you’re being followed, walk to a well-populated area.
• Don’t resist. Give up your property, don’t give up your life.
• Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately.
• Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Robbery- Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detectives C. Marsden, Serial No. 34231, and M. Matsuda, Serial No. 26485 at (213) 486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also go to, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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