Norwalk Walmart robbed by man with a knife

NORWALK - Authorities are searching for the person who brandished a knife while robbing the Walmart in Norwalk earlier this month.The man entered Walmart at 2:10 p.m. on Aug. 10 and began opening packages inside the store, stuffing the merchandise inside his clothes. He left the store without paying for the merchandise and was confronted by store's loss prevention associates, said Sgt. Michael Mendoza of the Norwalk Sheriff's Station. When confronted, the man pulled a knife and brandished it to the store workers, officials said. He then walked away. He is described as white, about 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 185-200 lbs. with blonde hair. The same Walmart was robbed May 17 when a local transient allegedly used a handgun to hold up a store cashier. Andrew Alexander Ramirez, 25, is suspected of approaching a cashier and lifting his shirt to show a black handgun. After taking the money, Ramirez allegedly fled in a car south on Pioneer Boulevard. Ramirez is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 200 pounds. Surveillance cameras showed him wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers cap with a navy blue shirt and shorts. Authorities say Ramirez may be homeless and in the Norwalk, Whittier, Santa Fe Springs area. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Norwalk Sheriff's Station at (562) 863-8711.

********** Published: August 30, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 20