DPS, LAPD searching for robbers
Posted April 13, 2011 at 12:05 am in News
Three USC students were robbed in separate incidents Monday night. Officials suspect the same people are behind each crime.
The first robbery occurred at 9:15 p.m. on the 1100 block of 29th Street. The victim was on his cell phone when he was approached by four suspects who demanded his phone. When the victim refused, a suspect displayed a handgun, and the victim surrendered his cellphone. The suspects left promptly after.
The second robbery occurred five minutes later on the 2700 block of Hoover Boulevard. This time, two suspects approached the victim and demanded his property. The victim refused, but a suspect displayed a weapon, grabbed the victimâs property and fled.
The third robbery occurred at 9:35 p.m. near the 2700 block of Ellendale Place. The suspect held his weapon out and demanded the victimâs property. The victim quickly complied and the suspects fled.
âAll three of the victims were USC students and the robberies occurred pretty quickly,â said Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle. âWe think this is the same group passing through the neighborhood and taking advantage of the people they encounter.â
DPS is currently working with the LAPD Southwest division to find the suspects.
Carlisle encourages students to take reasonable precautions to prevent more incidents from occurring.
âGo in a group if youâre going to be off campus after dark,â Carlisle said. âDonât go out alone because youâre more vulnerable that way. Better yet, take Campus Cruiser or other university transportation.â
Carlisle said he does not suspect the incidents to be gang-related and encourages any students who saw the robberies to contact DPS or LAPD.