ARRESTED FOR STEALING CASH AT LIQUOR STORE
Police were called to a liquor store in the 1900 block of Main Street at 1:40 a.m. Friday, September 21st, where a store clerk alleged that as he was counting the night receipts, a suspect walked into the store and demanded all the money from the register.
When the clerk refused to give him the money, the suspect allegedly went behind the counter, grabbed the clerk and tried to remove the money from the register.
The clerk then grabbed a gun from behind the register and fired one round into the ground in an attempt to scare the suspect away, but the suspect allegedly continued to take the money.
The clerk was able to get away and ran outside for help, and as the other store employee came out to the front of the store, he grabbed the suspect. Two other witnesses came to help the employee restrain the suspect until police arrived.
The $290 taken during the incident was recovered.
The suspect was arrested and booked for strong-arm robbery and parole violation.
ALLEGEDLY HAD BURGERS AND BEER BUT DIDN’T PAY
Police were called to a diner in the 2900 block of Main Street at 6:10 p.m. Friday, September 21st, where employees alleged that a suspect entered the diner and ordered two cheeseburgers and two beers at the counter, but after finishing the meal, the suspect refused to pay the $25.55 bill, saying that he didn’t have any money.
The suspect, who has prior arrests for similar incidents, was arrested and booked for commercial burglary and defrauding an innkeeper.
BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING BUS DRIVER WITH CRUTCH
A Big Blue Bus driver told police at 7:35 a.m. Saturday, September 22nd, that he stopped to pick up a passenger in the area of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, but when the passenger got on he allegedly refused to pay the fare.
When the driver told the passenger that he had to get off the bus if he wasn’t going to pay, the passenger argued with the driver.
As the passenger was about to get off the bus, he allegedly hit the driver in the shoulder with a crutch.
The driver then called police, who detained the suspect a block away.
Police arrested the suspect and booked him for assault and battery.
ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING STORE MANAGER IN ARM
Police were called to a store in the 1800 block of Wilshire Boulevard at 8:40 a.m. Monday, September 24th, where a store manager said that a female suspect, who had caused a disturbance at the store on prior occasions, returned to the store and was causing a disturbance.
When the manager asked the suspect to leave, she refused and walked to the bathroom. The manager knocked on the bathroom door and asked the suspect to leave and as she was leaving, the suspect allegedly punched the manager in the arm.
The manager then called police, who detained the suspect outside the store.
The suspect was arrested and booked for assault and battery.
BIKE RIDER ALLEGEDLY HAD BURGLARY TOOLS
A police detective who was driving in the 1500 block of Harvard Street at 1:50 p.m. Monday, September 24th, saw a suspect riding a bicycle on the sidewalk who was wearing a backpack.
The detective continued to watch the suspect as he rode the bicycle through carports in the alleys.
The detective, who considered the activity to be suspicious based on some burglaries that have been reported in the area, stopped the suspect and questioned him.
The suspect, who told the detective that he was looking for a bike pump, was determined to be on parole. After the detective searched the suspect’s backpack, he found a pair of bolt cutters, channel locks and two syringes.
Police arrested the suspect for suspicion of burglary and possession of burglary tools.
ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED STORE ARMED ROBBERY
Police were called to a store in the 1400 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, September 25th, where store employees said that two suspects walked up to the store but the doors were closed. When a customer left the store, the suspects allegedly forced their way in and ordered the employees down to the ground.
The suspects, who were wearing painters’ masks, allegedly simulated having a weapon and went to the register, where they took $1,000 and fled in a vehicle.
The suspects are described as a Hispanic man, 22 years old, five-foot-eight and 175 pounds, and a black man, 20 years old, six foot and 150 pounds.
The suspects’ vehicle is described as a 1990s black Ford Crown Victoria with faded black paint on the doors.
The investigation is ongoing.
— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria