Transient charged with robberies that targeted insurance offices

DOWNEY - A 22-year-old Paramount transient has been arrested on charges that he robbed at least a dozen local insurance offices in the span of only 18 days. Jordan Dejon Grimes, 22, was arrested Friday afternoon in Long Beach. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a loaded handgun believed to be the same weapon used in the robberies and kidnappings.

Sheriff's department detectives said they have connected Grimes to 12 robberies, which began July 8.

In all of the takeover-style robberies, Grimes would allegedly storm through the door, point his weapon at employees and customers, and demand their cash.

The robberies occurred in Downey, Bellflower, Lynwood, Inglewood, Huntington Park and Los Angeles.

Lt. Kent Wegener of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said Grimes implicated himself in all 12 robberies.

"The investigation will continue, despite the violent offender being taken off the streets," said deputy Kim Manatt.

Grimes was charged with robbery and kidnapping. At the time of his arrests he had warrants for burglary and unlawful driving of a vehicle without the owner's consent.

He was booked at the Century Sheriff's Station and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Due to the ongoing investigation, authorities did not release Grimes' booking photo.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Mark Gittens at (562) 946-7893.

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