Reward offered for capture of robbery duo

LOS ANGELES Councilwoman Jan Perry of the 9th City Council District sponsored the $50,000 reward.

Detectives believe the man and woman have committed four armed street robberies in downtown Los Angeles and Chinatown since April 25.

The first two robberies occurred April 25, 2010, fifteen minutes apart. Police say at 1:30 a.m., two suspects from a black 4-door car robbed a man in the parking lot of 923 Francisco Street. Then the suspects went north to 8th Street and Figueroa Street, where they robbed a woman in a parking lot. The car had the license plate "5WTG502" but the plate turned out to have been junked and no longer assigned to a car.

Police say the duo struck again on April 28, in a side alley leading to the valet parking for the Orpheum Lofts, 818 South Broadway. This robbery is the only one of the robberies captured on video.

Now newly released video shows the two walking into the Village Market on Hoover Street near USC, just two hours after the April 28 robbery on Broadway. The male suspect used a victim's credit card to make a purchase.

The robbers struck again May 3, just after 7 p.m., when they robbed a 30-year-old man of his money and cell phone in a residential area of Chinatown. This time the victim described a black Honda as the suspects' vehicle.

Anyone with information 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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