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Man Robbed at Gunpoint Outside Vons

Three suspects flee with $980 in cash, plus a credit card.

A 21-year-old Eagle Rock resident was robbed Friday evening at gunpoint by three men outside the Vons supermarket on North Figueroa Street near Highland Park, according to the LAPD.

The victim had exited the Vons parking lot in a truck, a white, two-door 2003 Ford Ranger, and was waiting for the eastbound traffic to clear on Colorado Boulevard so that he could drive west toward Eagle Rock proper, when three men came up to his open window. One of them pointed a blue-steel semiautomatic pistol at him.

“Give me your money, fool,” the armed suspect said to the truck driver, according to Officer Young Honor, who wrote the robbery report at the LAPD’s Northeast Community Police Station.

Minutes before he was robbed, the victim had gone inside the Vons store to cash a $980 check at a branch of the Wells Fargo bank. He handed over the money, with his wallet, to the armed robber, Honor said.

The blue and gray dual-fold wallet also contained the victim’s California driver's license and a Macy’s credit card, Honor said. “I think they watched him cash the check inside the store,” the officer added.

The robbery occurred at about 6:50 p.m. and the victim reported it at the Northeast police station at 8 p.m., Honor said.

After the suspects got the victim’s wallet, they ran in front of his truck and fled in the direction of Figueroa Street, Honor said, adding that the victim was scared and let the robbers pass in front of his truck.

Young described the victim, whose name was not disclosed for police investigatory reasons, as a Latino construction worker who said he was a “cement mason.”

A Vons security guard at the Figueroa Street store, which is barely half a mile from the border of Highland Park, said he arrived on duty at 7 p.m. and hadn’t heard of any robbery on or near the store’s property. Several Vons employees inside the store also said they were unaware of the incident.

eaglerocker August 01, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Ajay: You have to take a left onto La Loma, then another quick left at a stoplight to get onto Colorado proper from the Vons lot. I can see how the officer/victim used shorthand -- since he was planning to turn left onto Colorado eventually. (This is the northern entrance/exit from the parking lot; the main/eastern entrance spits you directly out onto Figueroa, either on the way to the freeway... or Highland Park.) Anything's possible. But at dinnertime on a Friday, I'd assume there was someone waiting behind the victim to exit the parking lot, or waiting to turn into it, since the entrance is so narrow. Or both. (Fyi, edited my previous comment, with better directions!)
Concerned August 01, 2011 at 08:55 PM
It is very alarming that all these crimes have been happening closer to home . I live near by this Vons and it's sad to hear that not enough is being done to find out who is behind all this robbery . None of the local residents in the neighborhood were notified of this . The numerous car thefts and robberies that have occurred within the past few months is alarming because no one knows if someone has been apprehended for these crimes.
Alberto August 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM
You're right, that particular point was poorly expressed. I realize now what I did wrong: Instead of saying, "we don't have the details yet; when we receive more information we'll update the article" I read in your reply the suggestion that you Did have Some information on the robbers (their ethnicity, I take it) and I jumped to the conclusion that, if you had that then you must have more... the next step in my thinking was that you were saying giving a description (with what details you implied you had + what details I decided you had) would amount to profiling. You didn't say that though. Granted, I don't know why LAPD or the victim would deliver the ethnicity but not anything else at all (wearing XX or #' tall) but, apparently they did not. My reply was still confused though. I guess I mean that the quote feeds the imagination of the reader and enables us to apply it to anyone/everyone they see. I'd rather have a description than a dramatic account. ...now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to imagine babies in various states of contentment delivering that phase.
Jeff August 02, 2011 at 10:21 PM
best to make large transactions in an actual bank, not a supermarket/whole chicken display. But then again, I avoid that Von's based on the people hanging outside, and the beggars at the doors. It's also dimly lit.
The watcher August 14, 2011 at 05:04 AM
Unincorporated areas.... Police reporting districts??? Lasd sheriff, lapd, and Pasadena pd all "patrol" this area yet I hardly see any presence. This little pocket is on the edge of eagle rock, highland park, AND west Pasadena. The same geographical arguments that this forum suggests, is the same reason this area is under patrolled.

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