By Aaron Blevins, 3/29/2012
Law enforcement is looking for a suspect who used a handgun and an object resembling an explosive device to hold up a wholesale store along a busy street in the western part of Los Angeles on March 16.
At approximately 8:40 p.m., a suspect walked into a warehouse store in the 10100 block of Venice Boulevard holding a handgun and what appeared to be an explosive device. The suspect used the weapons to intimidate two store employees, forcing one to open a safe. After retrieving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect ran from the store.
During the investigation, detectives discovered the store’s surveillance camera had captured the suspect’s image when he entered the store on March 12 and March 15. He is described as a 50- to 60-year-old black male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, 180 to 200 pounds. Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify him.
Anyone with information about this incident, or the suspect, is asked to contact Major Crimes Division, Criminal Conspiracy Section, Detective E. Sun at (213)486-7260. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877)LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.