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News Release

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Surveillance Footage Captures Carjacking at a Gas Station NR15114SF

West Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division are asking for the public's help to identify a carjacking suspect.

On Saturday April 4, 2015, officers from Topanga Division responded to a radio call of a carjacking that occurred at a gas station located in the 22700 block of Vanowen Street. When the officers arrived, they met with the victim who said that while she was pumping gas, the suspect approached her on foot and threatened her with the knife. Fearing for her safety, the victim moved away from the gas pump. The suspect then pulled the gas nozzle from the vehicle, threw it on the ground, then drove the victim's car northbound on Fallbrook Avenue.

The stolen car is a grey, 2000 Toyota Camry four-door with California plates 4KBA401.

The suspect is described as a male black who stands approximately 5'7" to 5'11" tall and is between 25 to 35-years-old. He appeared to weigh 200-230 pounds, had curly hair and a short beard. The suspect was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, a light-colored flannel short sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Topanga Area Robbery Detective's
at 818-756-4820. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to
1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.