Los Angeles police are seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects who allegedly robbed an 85-year-old woman at gunpoint in Venice last month.
The incident began at about 12:15 p.m. Oct. 14 in the 900 block of Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, where an elderly woman said she was approached by a female suspect who befriended her and asked her for a ride to a nearby IHOP restaurant, police said.
The suspect claimed to have a large sum of money that she wished to donate to a church and directed the woman to park in the IHOP parking lot.
After a male suspect approached the woman’s car claiming to be the restaurant manager, both suspects convinced the woman to drive them to her home for a glass of water, police said.
While at the woman’s home, the male suspect allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s jewelry and money, police said. In fear for her life, the victim complied and gave the suspects what she described as her life savings, police said.
The suspects then allegedly demanded to be driven to the victim’s bank so that she could withdraw more money, but an alert bank teller refused the victim’s withdraw request and the police were later notified.
The two suspects fled the area before police arrived.
The first suspect is described as a 50- to 55-year-old white or Hispanic woman with brown hair, 5-foot-6 and weighing 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light colored business suit and she also speaks with a light accent, police said.
The second suspect is described as a 35- to 45-year-old African-American man with straightened black hair, 5-foot-10 and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark color button-up shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact LAPD Pacific area detectives at (310) 482-6396, or (877) 527-3247 during non-business hours and weekends.