BY LUCY GUANUNA
BOYLE HEIGHTS — Police are asking the public to help find a suspect in the armed robbery of a mobile cell phone store in which the robber pulled the trigger of the weapon but it misfired, police said. It’s one of about a dozen robberies reported across Boyle Heights during the past month.
According to a statement released by the LAPD, the suspect entered a business located on the 900 block of North Forest Avenue on Saturday, May 27 at about 5:10 p.m. The suspect pointed the gun at an employee and demanded money. The suspect then attempted to shoot the gun and pulled the trigger numerous times, but the gun did not fire. The suspect had the employee place the money in a bag before fleeing on foot.Sign up here for Neighborhood News Alerts via email
Video footage shows the suspect’s face momentarily prior to him entering the store, which is identified as a MetroPCS store in the video.The suspect is described as a male Latino in his late 20s with black hair and a mustache. He stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.
The robbery took place a little more than a week after a man threatened to blow up a Boyle Heights jewelry store during a robbery.
More than a dozen robberies or attempted robberies in Boyle Heights within the past month, according to CrimeMapping.com. The crimes took place across the neighborhood, but have been concentrated along Cesar Chavez Avenue, where five were reported. There have been no reports that the crimes are related.
Anyone with any information about the MetroPCS robbery is asked to call Hollenbeck Robbery Detectives, at (323) 342-8981. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.
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Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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