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Crime report for week of March 28
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce

Friday, March 22
At 10:00 p.m., a robbery occurred at the “Home Depot” located at 7121 Firestone Blvd. when two male suspects entered and selected several items from the store’s shelves. The suspects then exited the store, failing to pay for the selected items. When they were confronted by store security, one of the suspects threatened to produce a handgun and shoot the employee. In fear for their safety, the employees fled back into the store and called the police. Detectives are investigating.

Saturday, March 23
At 1:00 a.m., officers responded to a call of a shooting that occurred in the area of Florence and Little Lake Rd. The victims were traveling in a vehicle westbound on Florence when the suspect, pulled in front of the victim’s vehicle and slammed on his brakes, coming to a stop in the roadway. The victim stopped behind the suspect vehicle and then, after approximately 20 seconds merged into another lane and began to pass the suspect vehicle. As he did, the suspect fired a single gunshot at the victims, striking the vehicle. The victims fled to escape further assault and called the police a short time later to report the incident. Neither the victim, nor the passenger was struck by the gunfire. Detectives are investigating.

Sunday, March 24
At 4:20 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Lakewood and Stewart and Gray regarding an attempted stabbing. Officers located the victims, an adult male and a pregnant adult female, who had been threatened by two adult male suspects at the location. When the male victim attempted to defend his pregnant girlfriend, one of the suspects produced a folding knife and attempted to stab him. In defense, the victim took off his belt and began to swing it at the suspect, who then fled. Both suspects were later located in the parking lot of the “Downey Landing” where they were arrested.

At 6:00 p.m., the new resident of a home in the 9600 block of Cecilia was mowing his rear lawn for the first time when he discovered what he believed was a military style mortar lying in the grass. Several surrounding homes, as well as Rio San Gabriel Park were evacuated. The LASD bomb squad responded and identified the device as a practice mortar which posed no threat. They took possession of the device.

Wednesday, March 27
At 8:30 a.m., Officers responded to the 7900 block of Lubec regarding a possible residential burglary. A witness reported a male was climbing out of the rear yard of a residence, holding what appeared to be a large black case. When officers arrived they located and detained the male. Officers discovered the male had actually forced his way into a garage and the item he was holding belonged to the resident. The male was arrested for Burglary.



Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013, WEB ONLY
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