The Long Beach Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with two robberies in the Cities of Long Beach and Arcadia
On April 20, 2015, a male suspect armed with a handgun entered a hotel lobby in the 4100 block of East Willow Avenue in Long Beach and demanded money from the hotel clerk. Approximately an hour and a half later, a male suspect entered a hotel in the 100 block of North Second Avenue, in the City of Arcadia, and also demanded money from the hotel clerk. The suspect, in both incidents, was seen fleeing the location in a silver colored passenger vehicle. Cash was taken in both instances, but fortunately no employees were injured in either incident.
When L.B.P.D. Robbery detectives investigating the Long Beach incident learned of the similarities of the Arcadia robbery, they made contact with the Arcadia Police Department. Based on the suspect's physical description, the vehicle description, and the manner in which the crimes were carried out, it was believed the same person was responsible for both robberies. During the course of the investigation, L.B.P.D. detectives, with the assistance of Arcadia Police detectives, identified 22-year-old Joseph Casey of Los Angeles, as the suspect wanted in connection with the robberies.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of robbery against Joseph Casey for the Arcadia incident, and issued a warrant for his arrest.
On May 4, 2015, L.B.P.D. Robbery detectives served a search warrant at Casey’s Los Angeles residence and arrested him. A vehicle and additional evidence believed to be connected to both robberies was located at his home. Suspect Casey was booked for the robbery warrant and for a parole violation. He is currently being held at Los Angeles County’s Men’s Central Jail without bail, and pending his next court date.
L.B.P.D. detectives will be presenting the Long Beach robbery case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for formal filing next week.
Anyone who may have information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detective Fermin Gonzalez at (562) 570-7068. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org