Crime Report

Thursday, March 11At 9 p.m., officers arrested a 26 year-old Downey man at the Acapulco restaurant, 9021 Firestone, after he became involved in a fight with other patrons and then assaulted a security guard who was trying to break up the fight. The suspect was booked for assault. Friday, March 12 At 12:30 p.m., a multi-vehicle collision occurred on Imperial Highway near Barlin Avenue. A limousine travelling on Imperial failed to stop and rear-ended the car in front of it. A chain reaction collision followed involving five (5) other vehicles. Minor injuries were reported. At 5:15 p.m., a vehicle was stolen from the Stonewood Shopping Center. Officers attempted to stop the stolen car in the 10700 block of Haledon, but the driver jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled into the neighborhood. Officers conducted a search for the suspect in the neighborhood, which included help from a Sheriff's helicopter and K-9 unit. Though the suspect was not located, officers did arrest two of his male companions who were in another car and were identified by witnesses as being involved in the car theft. Arrested was a 24 year-old Downey resident and a 20 year-old Oxnard resident. Saturday, March 13 At 11:30 p.m., a male was robbed of his cellular phone as he walked with a group of friends in the area of Muller and Old River School Road. Three males approached the group, stole the phone, and then fled the area. Officers located two of the suspects in the nearby residential area and detained them. Both were identified by the victim. The suspects, both 19 year-old Los Angeles residents, were booked for robbery. Sunday, March 14 At 8 a.m., officers identified a series of burglaries that had occurred either overnight or during the early morning hours and appeared to be perpetrated by the same suspect(s). Those businesses were, the 99 Cents Store in the 9900 block of Paramount, a hair salon in the 8600 block of Florence, the Light and Life Church in the 9200 block of Florence, and Nelly's Mexican Restaurant in the 10800 block of Studebaker. Detectives are investigating. At 1:30 p.m., a male entered Beach's Market, 7900 Imperial Highway, and attempted to steal liquor from the store. An employee attempted to prevent the theft, but was assaulted and received minor injuries. The suspect escaped to an awaiting car. A witness obtained a license plate number that was traced to a local home in the 11900 block of Heritage Circle. Investigating officers detained a 36 year-old female accomplice outside the home and after several minutes of negotiating with the 24 year-old male suspect who had barricaded himself inside the home, persuaded him to surrender. Both suspects reside in Downey and were booked for robbery. Monday, March 15 At 11:30 a.m., officers responded the Metro PCS phone store, located at 8847 Imperial Highway, regarding a robbery at the location. The suspect entered the store, pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money from him. The suspect removed money from the cash register and forced the victim to open a safe, where he took additional funds. The suspect fled the location on foot. The suspect is described as a black male in his late to early thirties, and was last seen wearing a white cap, a black and white checkered jacket and blue jeans. Detectives are investigating. Thursday, March 18 At 4:45 p.m., a Downey Police Assistant witnessed a 15 year-old Downey resident steal a GPS device from a tow truck in the 8300 block of Telegraph. The suspect was booked for petty theft and transported to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. At 7:40 a.m., officers responded to the 8100 block of Borson regarding a burglary at the location. The suspect(s) removed the window screen to the bedroom and forced open the bedroom window. The suspect(s) then ransacked the two bedrooms in the residence and removed the listed loss. Friday, March 19 At 7 a.m., officers responded to Downey Pontiac, located at 7255 Firestone, regarding a burglary at the location. Unknown suspect(s) cut through chain link fence to gain entry to the service bay, entered unsecured vehicles and removed loss from same. Monday, March 22 At 7:20 p.m., officers arrested a 15 year-old Bellflower resident, who was caught writing graffiti on the sidewalk in the 12400 block of Woodruff. Tuesday, March 23 At 5:20 p.m., officers responded to Jobbers Wholesale, located at 11933 Woodruff, regarding an armed robbery at the location. The suspect entered the business, produced a handgun and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled in a compact vehicle occupied by two other suspects. Detectives are investigating. Courtesy Downey Police Department

********** Published: March 26, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 49