On June 4, 2015, felony charges were filed against a 20-year-old Carson man in connection with a robbery to a taxi cab driver.
On May 29, 2015, around 8:45 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to a strong arm robbery in the 100 block of Pine Avenue. Their preliminary investigation indicated that a taxi cab driver was waiting for a fare and in the midst of speaking to the customer, the customer became upset and demanded the driver’s property. The customer grabbed the taxi cab driver’s cell phone and fled on foot. Fortunately, the taxi driver was not injured during the altercation.
Through their investigation, Robbery detectives learned the customer had re-contacted the victim, wanting to sell the taxi cab driver’s property back to him. On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the suspect agreed to meet with the victim and was arrested by undercover detectives. The suspect was found to be in possession of a dirk or dagger and had an outstanding narcotic warrant for his arrest.
The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office filed one count of robbery and one count of possession of a dirk or dagger against Brandon Russell Junior. He remains in Long Beach City Jail without bail.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Long Beach Police Robbery Detective Ben Vargas at (562) 570-5538. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org