Felony charges were filed this week against a man in connection with multiple robberies involving street vendors.
Most of the incidents occurred in the 6900 block of Paramount Boulevard, between September 11, 2016 and February 2, 2017, during the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. A male suspect armed with a handgun would approach a fruit vendor, demanded money, and flee before officers arrived. Fortunately, none of the victims were injured during the incidents.
Through the concerted efforts of Patrol Officers Brearley and Otto of the North Division Violent Crime Impact Team and Robbery Detectives, a suspect was able to be identified. On February 14, 2017, detectives arrested 26-year-old Miguel Rodriguez of Downey for his involvement in the street robberies.
On February 16, 2017, detectives presented the case for filing consideration to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who filed three felony counts of robbery against the Miguel Rodriguez. He is currently being held in Long Beach City Jail with bail set at $110,000.
The investigation remains ongoing. Detectives urge any fruit vendor who was a victim of a robbery but has yet to report it, to call Robbery Detective Parkhill at (562) 570-5535. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org