UPDATE: Man Suspected of Robbery Near Eagle Rock Tire Shop Taken Into Custody

The alleged robbery occurred Wednesday afternoon on York Boulevard and Avenue 46.

Update: A 21-year-old male resident of Highland Park suspected of robbing another Highland Park resident was taken into custody near an Eagle Rock tire shop on York Boulevard and Avenue 46 Wednesday afternoon.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was walking on York Boulevard around 4 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect allegedly robbed him of around $100, according to Los Angeles Police Department Det. Lisa Governo.

"The victim alleges the suspect had a gun, although we couldn't find any," said Governo, who is with the LAPD Northeast Community Station's robbery unit. The suspect and the victim appear to know each other, Governo added.

LAPD officers responded to the scene of the alleged crime after the victim called 911. When the officers arrived in multiple squad cars, with a police helicopter circling overhead, the victim was seen walking on York, Governo said. The suspect had run into a house nearby, evidently owned by someone he knew, the detective said.

The officers took the suspect into custody at 4:25 p.m. and brought him and the victim to the scene of the alleged crime, near a York Boulevard tire shop, Governo said, explaining that there was some confusion initially about whether the tire shop had been robbed.

Previously: A man suspected of robbing a tire shop on York Boulevard and Avenue 46 in Eagle Rock was taken into custody by Los Angeles Police Department officers Wednesday evening.

The investigation is still continuing and details, including the name of the tire shop, are sketchy, but Officer Enrique Vacca of the LAPD Northeast Community Station told Patch that officers who responded to the call about the alleged robbery were talking to the tire shop owner when the suspect showed up.

“For some reason, he made contact at the scene,” Vacca said, adding: “He was close enough for the victim to identify him and when the officers tried to make contact with the suspect, he ran off and ended up inside his residence on Avenue 46.”

Meanwhile, officers in multiple squad cars had cordoned off the area around the tire shop and a police helicopter hovered overhead.

An Eagle Rock resident told Patch that at around 6 p.m. she saw more than 12 police cars and the helicopter circling overhead for about 30 minutes.

Officers took the suspect into custody after he came out of his residence, evidently wearing a different shirt, Vacca said.

Eagle Rock Patch will update this story as more details become available.

Diablo February 07, 2013 at 08:00 PM
12 cop cars and a helicopter for a $100 theft...slow day at the NELA Station.
HLPSUCKS February 07, 2013 at 09:59 PM
I'm in love with Ajay Singh....youre great at what you do.I need to get on ERPatch to get news that are still in the works on the HLP patch. You're always on top of things and I appreciate it a lot.
Mo Oxford February 07, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Diablo, 12 cop cars and a helicopter were not wasting time on a $100 theft because they were bored and it was a "slow day." LAPD was there in the numbers they were because the robber was alleged to have a weapon, and he had run into a residential area full of people -- some walking their dogs, some gardening, kids walking home and so on. All of these people were potentially in life threatening danger from an armed robber. I am grateful to LAPD for doing their utmost to protect me and my neighbors by committing the manpower necessary to ensure that the public was safe, the suspect was caught, and no weapon was left behind for some small child to find. Multiple units were used to create a perimeter to block the suspect in the specific area where he was believed to have holed up, and to keep people safe by preventing them from going into the area where the suspect was believed to be (as well a keep them from potentially interfering with the search). Other officers were conducting a search for the suspect, and still other officers were interviewing the victim and potential witnesses. LAPD was doing their job and doing it well and I and my neighbors are extremely grateful and appreciative of everything LAPD did.
Diablo February 08, 2013 at 04:59 PM
"Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both."
Michael Turmon February 11, 2013 at 05:25 AM
"In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently, not culture of the earth, no navigation, nor the use of commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."


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