Armed Robbery in Mall Parking Lot, Second Incident in August

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date and Time of Release: August 20, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
Contact:  Watch Commander – (626) 574-5156

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, around 9:24 p.m., the Arcadia Police Department responded to the west side of Nordstroms located at 400 S. Baldwin Avenue, Westfield Santa Anita Mall, on an unknown trouble call.  Officers contacted the victim of a robbery who advised that she was hit over the head with a black semi-automatic handgun and robbed of her purse and cellular phone.  The suspect then ran to an awaiting vehicle where he joined a second suspect. The vehicle then fled southbound through the parking lot out of sight.

The suspect was described as a tall, skinny, male, wearing a hoody. The victim was unable to describe the second suspect, however, described the getaway vehicle as a silver or grey, small SUV.

A similar robbery occurred in the south parking lot of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall on August 4, 2015, at about 10:11 p.m. A male victim was robbed at gunpoint after approaching his car. The suspect made off with the victim’s wallet and cell phone. The primary suspect was described as an African American male in his 20’s, about 5’10”, with a thin build, with a bandana covering his face. He ran off with another unknown male, out of sight. No suspect vehicle was seen in this robbery and the victim was not injured.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5151.  If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tippage at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By:       Sergeant Brett Bourgeous

            Detective Bureau

These events serve as a good reminder to be alert and aware of your surroundings. If you are leaving or in a parking lot, try and walk in groups or ask for an escort if leaving work or a business. Call local law enforcement should you see anything or anyone suspicious.

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