The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is giving residents a heads up–be on the lookout.
LAPD Detectives say they have recognized a pattern of robberies in the West side of Los Angeles, according to a press release.
Detectives say the same suspect has robbed or attempted to rob several men and women over the past month. They also say that most of the men and women who have been robbed were walking or jogging alone at night during the hours 8 p.m.- midnight.
Police say the suspect is described as a Black male in his 20’s, driving a gray truck. He has been armed with a handgun during the robberies and fired gunshots in at least two of the incidents. Property taken during the robberies has mostly been limited to cell phones, according to police.
The affected neighborhoods include: Mar Vista, West Adams, Picfair Village, Westchester, Mid-Wilshire, Carthay Circle, Beverly Grove, Fairfax, Crestview, Faircrest Heights, and Palms.
Residents in the area should consider the following:
-Always be alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
– Try to stay in well-lit areas.
– Don’t walk alone at night and always avoid areas where there are few people.
– Be careful when people stop you for directions. Always reply from a distance, and never get too close to the car.
– If you feel you’re being followed, walk to a well-populated area.
– Don’t resist. Give up your property, don’t give up your life.
– Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately.
– Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Robbery- Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detectives C. Marsden and M. Matsuda, at (213) 486-6840.
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 go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”