Authorities Search for Armed Robbery Suspects

By City News Service

Sheriff’s detectives Monday continued investigating an armed robbery in East Los Angeles that led to a crash and one of several suspects being arrested.

The robbery occurred about 4:25 a.m. Friday at a gas station in the 200 block of South Atlantic Boulevard, according to Lt. Ed Alvarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s East Lost Angeles Station.

The victim reported that he was robbed by several adults, and that a handgun was pointed at him and he was ordered to hand over his wallet, jewelry and cell phone, the lieutenant said. Alvarez said the victim complied and the suspects fled south on South Atlantic Boulevard in a vehicle.

“Assisting deputies saw one suspect exit the vehicle at Union Pacific Avenue and South Atlantic Boulevard,” Alvarez said.

The suspect vehicle was then involved in a traffic collision as the driver tried to merge onto the Santa Ana (5) Freeway on the Woods Avenue on-ramp, Alvarez said.

“The suspects fled in different directions,” he said. “A containment was established, resulting in one suspect being arrested. A handgun and stolen property were recovered from the suspect vehicle. Detectives are actively looking for outstanding suspects.”

Descriptions of the suspects have not been made available, nor has the name of the suspect taken into custody.

Authorities reported in the hours after the robbery that it had occurred at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, but that turned out not to be the case, according to Alvarez, who said the gas station is several miles away from the shopping center.

Citadel Outlets officials stressed Monday that the robbery did not occur at the mall, saying the “safety and security of our shoppers is of the utmost importance.”

“We’re very happy that the same officers who keep our center secure were able to identify and apprehend suspects in an incident that took place miles away,” according to a statement from the Citadel Outlets.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the outstanding suspects was urged to call Alvarez at (323) 981-5030. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

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