Suspected East L.A. home invasion robber arrested

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The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with a pair of home invasion robberies in East Los Angeles. But authorities said they believe that Josue Vasquez, who allegedly wore a  mask when he robbed his female victims at gunpoint, may be responsible for other similar crimes.  The Sheriff’s Department,  in a community message, provided details of the two crimes that involved female victims:

On January 9, 2013, masked and wearing gloves, a man broke into a home on the 3600 block of Floral Drive. He approached the victim from behind at gunpoint as she was opening the door to her bedroom and forced her to kneel at her bedside as he ransacked her room. The suspect took her money, purse, jewelry and a cell phone.

Approximately two weeks later, on January 25, 2013, a masked and gloved man rang the doorbell of a home in thec. When the victim opened the front door the suspect forced his way in at gunpoint. He forced her to sit on the sofa with her head down while he ransacked her home taking her money, purse and a cell phone.

The Sherriff’s Department is asking that anyone who may have been robbed by Vasquez, who is described as a 5′-6″ tall, 200-pound Latino with short brown hair and eyes, to please contact East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station Detective Steve Hernandez at (323) 981-5035. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Vasquez, who was arrested earlier this month at his home on Ditman Avenue, is being held on $200,000 bail.

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