LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles police have called for a scourge of increasingly violent domestic robberies as a crisis, and Los Angeles police have urged witnesses to show up to help solve a woman’s shocking attack in the middle of a busy street on Monday. The robbers hit the fleeing woman with their car and robbed her on the road in a cruel scene captured on camera.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the attack was just one of five robberies following such homes in a 48-hour period in Los Angeles. Detectives hope someone can spot two men who were chasing the woman in downtown Los Angeles.
The woman left a jewelry store shortly after noon Monday and spotted suspects in a silver doge challenger following her as she made her way to the intersection of Eighth and Francisco streets, near the Port Highway (110), according to Los Angeles data. Police Division.
“As the victim approached the intersection … a suspect got out of the Dodge Challenger, approached the vehicle, and with an unknown hard tool, smashed its driver’s window,” the LAPD reported. “The victim tried to get away but was unsuccessful due to heavy traffic loads.”
The woman got out of her carriage and ran west on H. Street in search of help, but the suspects followed her and hit her with the vehicle and knocked her to the ground.
The suspects, armed with pistols, got out of the vehicle and approached the woman following the collision.
“(The victim) immediately removed her watch and threw it into the street,” police said. “The suspects pulled out the watch and drove away.”
The woman was treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene.
The first suspect was described as a man rising to a height of about 5 feet, 11 inches, who was recently seen wearing a black sweatshirt with a hoodie, black sweatpants, white shoes and a ski mask.
The other suspect was described only as a man recently seen wearing a black sweater and light blue jeans.
Anyone with information on the robbery was asked to call LAPD detectives Moreno Vargas at 213-486-6840. Calls without work hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247.
You can call Crime Stoppers anonymous tips at 800-222-8477 or submit online at lacrimestoppers.org.
The violent attack was just one of five house robberies reported in Los Angeles in a 48-hour period, Los Angeles police told the city’s police commission on Tuesday.
The phenomenon – in which police claim armed suspects track victims from restaurants and shopping areas like Melrose Avenue and the Jewelry Quarter to rob them of jewelry, watches or vehicles, was “barely heard” before last year, according to Capt. Jonathan Tippett. , Which leads the Follow Home Robbery task force established in November.
In September and October, the department’s homicide-robbery department began noticing a pattern of multiple robberies involving multiple vehicles and many armed suspects who are suitable to rob people of luxury vehicles and jewelry, Tift said.
“In my 34 years at the LAPD, I have never seen this kind of criminal behavior in such large groups coordinating to carry out attacks on innocent civilians to take their property and / or their vehicles,” Tipt told the committee.
The department counted 51 “from these violent and cash robberies” in September and October. The task force – which includes 18 detectives, 11 investigators from the Department of Robbery-Murder, four from the Office of Operations and three from the Detective Bureau – was set up on 23 November.
In dealing with investigations following a house robbery, the task force has adapted to the department’s usual practice of waiting to identify all the people involved in the robbery before making arrests, Tift said.
“Due to the crisis, we started making arrests as soon as possible after people were identified,” he said, adding that it was effective in reducing the number of incidents.
City News Service and Patch Staffer contributed to this report.