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Suspects Sought After 7-Eleven Robbery Attempt

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, January 18, 2010, at 06:36PM
7-Eleven Robbery Courtesy LAPD

Surveillance video from a failed armed robbery attempt at the 7th & Olive 7-Eleven store shows the suspect that LAPD is hoping to find.

|VIDEO| Police detectives are asking the public for help in finding two men who early this morning tried to rob the 7-Eleven convenience store at 7th and Olive.

Dramatic surveillance video shows the tense scene that took place just after midnight, when a man armed with a rifle entered the store and demanded that the clerk open the register, threatening "blow [his] ******* brains out." The robber eventually left empty handed when the clerk was unable to comply. LAPD ground and air units searched the area but were unable to find the suspect or his lookout.

“We want everyone to look closely at the video and consider the suspect’s clothing description,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, who heads up Central Division detectives. “It’s distinct enough that it might be familiar to someone who knows this robber. Just put yourself in this clerk’s place and imagine how scary this must have been.”

Vernon describes the suspect as between 20 and 30 years old, 5’10”, with a 3 to 4-day growth of beard. He was wearing a black night-watch cap, a brown-and-white striped shirt; and orange long sleeves. The lookout is described as a black man, 5’6”, in his 20’s, dressed in dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Central robbery detective John Arredondo at (213) 972-1248. Callers can also phone the 24-hour number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).

Video contains explicit language.

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