Friday, October 30, 2009

Police impostor robs three victims

Police are searching for a man posing as a police officer who has robbed three victims on the street in neighborhoods near Echo Park, Silver Lake and Koreatown. The suspect, described as a male Latino wearing a badge and gun holster, approached the victims on foot and demanded cash before driving away, said LAPD Dect. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. "He spoke both English and Spanish, and he used intimidation to obtain cash from the victims," Buhrmester said. "He did not draw the firearm, but it was visible on his belt."

One of the victims was robbed south of Echo Park near Loma Drive and Crown Hill Avenue, a few blocks from Belmont High School. Another robbery was reported in the 800 block of N. Virgil Avenue in East Hollywood near Silver Lake. The third victim was robbed in Koreatown near Irolo and San Marino streets.

"If a citizen thinks a police impersonator is trying to pull them over in a vehicle, drive to a public area before stopping," Buhrmester said. "If late at night, drive to a 24-hour business or a police station. If still in doubt, call the police, and the operator will advise if the person attempting the stop is an officer."

More details:
* Community Alert
* Alerta a la Comunidad

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