Wednesday, Dec. 22At about 10:50 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Metro PCS store located at 7814 Florence Avenue. The suspect brandished a black revolver and demanded money. The clerk complied and the suspect fled in a vehicle. At 9:45 p.m., an officer recovered a stolen vehicle that was parked in the 12500 block of Rose Avenue. Utilizing the new License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, the system automatically alerted the officer of the stolen vehicle as he drove past it during normal patrol. The vehicle had earlier been reported stolen out of the city of Lakewood. Thursday, Dec. 23 Just after 2 a.m., a strong-arm street robbery occurred in the 12800 block of Lakewood Boulevard. The victim was walking north when the suspect approached from the opposite direction. The suspect frightened the victim into giving up her cellular phone. At around 5 a.m., a robbery with a firearm occurred in the 8500 block of Rives Avenue. The two victims were seated in their parked car when two males drove up and approached them while brandishing guns. The suspects stole car keys, a cell phone and a driver's license before fleeing in their vehicle. At 11:20 p.m., a 34-year-old male from Cudahy was assaulted at the front of George's restaurant located in the 7800 block of Florence Avenue. The male had been removed from the restaurant for excessive drunkenness and was awaiting a cab when another patron struck him in the face. The subject fell and struck his head where he sustained a skull fracture. Friday, Dec. 24 Around 3:00 a.m. fire and police personnel responded to the arson of a vehicle in the area of Old River School Road and Rundell Street. The car had been stolen from the city of Paramount and then intentionally burned in our city. Saturday, Dec. 25 At 2:40 a.m., a single-car hit & run collision occurred at the intersection of Stewart & Gray and Rives. The driver struck and damaged the traffic signal pole before driving off. Officers were able to locate the vehicle quickly and arrested the driver for drunk driving and hit & run. Information provided by Downey Police Department.
********** Published: December 30, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 37