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News Release

Friday, December 1, 2017

Media Relations

Armed Robbery Suspect Caught on Video NR17358ti

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying an armed robbery suspect.

On November 27, 2017, around 7:55 a.m., a takeover robbery occurred at a gas station located in the 4500 block of Melrose Avenue. One armed suspect entered the business and pretended to purchase cigarettes. The suspect removed a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at the cashier and demanded money from the cash register. The cashier handed the suspect money and the suspect fled running eastbound on Melrose Avenue.

The suspect is described a 35 to 40-year-old male Hispanic. He has wavy long black hair tied in two pony tails. He stands 5 feet 11inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has a goatee, wears prescription glasses and wears a wedding band on his left index finger. He was wearing a blue "LA" baseball cap, a blue jacket turned inside out, dark pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Gonzalez or Detective Martinez, Rampart Area Detectives at (213) 484-3640. Anonymous tips can be called into crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.