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Violent Pre-Halloween Robbery Caught on Tape

By David Markland
Published: Monday, November 08, 2010, at 01:51PM
LAPD: Cal Liquidators Robbery LAPD

Still from surveillance video released by LAPD shows a man wearing a Hannibal Lector mask during an October 29 robbery.

Video of a violent daytime robbery of an Arts District wholesale business was released by the LAPD today showing three men shoving guns into the faces of customers and employees.

On October 29th at around 4:10pm, police say three Hispanic men, armed with guns, stormed in thru the cargo entrance of California Liquidators at 664 South Santa Fe Avenue. One of the men was wearing a "Hannibal Lecter" mask while the other partially covered their facies with hoodies.

“Thankfully, no one was hurt, this time,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, head of LAPD's Central Division Detectives. "One customer, a woman, was actually kicked in the shoulder while she lay on the floor, even though she was obeying their commands."

The suspects fled in a white or silver Toyota Camry with $6,000 in cash.

Lt. Vernon is seeking the public's help in identifying the suspects. “Typically, suspects will share information or brag about their exploits,” he said. “We’d like anyone with information to come forward and help us identify them.”

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Al Rasch, Central Robbery Unit, at (213) 972-1245. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.


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