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Police Searching for Knife-Wielding Alexandria Robber

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 10:22AM
Video Still from Alexandria Hotel Robbery Video Still Courtesy LAPD

Police are searching for a man who early Tuesday morning robbed a married couple at knifepoint inside the Alexandria Hotel.

The suspect, described as a black man wearing a light polo shirt, broke into the couple's room while they were sleeping at approximately 4am. They awoke to find him standing over them with a knife.

“Most burglars go out of their way to avoid confrontation,” explained Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division. “This suspect was not afraid of running into his victims, and perhaps, intended to all along. That makes him more dangerous.”

Items taken included laptops, cash and ATM cards. According to police, the couple cooperated with the suspect in giving him their PIN numbers.

Police describe this type of burglary -- one in which residents are present -- as a "hot prowl." Though less commons, the incidents can be more dangerous.

Surveillance video from the hotel shows the suspect walking through the garage and into a stairway.

“It’s possible the suspect lives in the hotel himself, or in the neighborhood,” Lt. Vernon added. “We hope someone will recognize him so we can arrest him before he hurts someone.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Alfredo Rasch, Central Robbery Unit, at (213) 972-1245.

Video Released by LAPD


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