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News Release

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Media Relations

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division Robbery detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying an outstanding robbery suspect.

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 10:35 a.m., a robbery occurred in the Macy's store at the Westfield Mall located at 14000 Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks involving three suspects.

The one suspect (driver) stayed in the vehicle. Two suspects entered the Macy's store and approached the Macy's jewelry counter. One suspect used a hammer to break the class counter and removed the glass. He then produced a handgun and pointed the gun at several customers while the other suspect grabbed several high-end watches. The suspects ran to the waiting vehicle and fled with the watches.

Two suspects have been arrested (Suspect 1 and Suspect 3) and the gun used in the robbery has been recovered. One suspect is still outstanding.


Suspect-1 has been arrested and identified as Joseph Daniel Chavez (person with gun).

Suspect-2 was described as a male Hispanic, unknown hair, unknown eyes, he stands between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches, he weighs between 180/200 lbs., and 20 to 30 years of age.

Suspect-2 was wearing a black and gray hoodie, tan shorts, white shoes, brown baseball hat, black gloves and a gray bandana over his nose and mouth.

Suspect-3 has been arrested and identified as Joseph Anthony Chavez (Driver).

Van Nuys Division Robbery detectives are continuing the investigation and are asking for the public's help to locate any possible witnesses to the crime.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Van Nuys Robbery Detective Barba at (818) 374-0087. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."

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