A man who was previously on parole for robbery, had an ankle monitor, and was in custody after reportedly committing armed robbery at a cell phone store where he held up two employees at gunpoint and fled with cash from the register.
According to the Culver City Police Department, the incident happened on Sunday at at 2:18 p.m. when they received a complaint that an armed robbery had just happened at a Boost Mobile store at 4114 Centinela Ave., about three miles northeast of Los Angeles International Airport (CCPD).
Officers who had been dispatched to the scene of the crime spoke with the two victims, who had been working for Boost Mobile, and they were able to obtain video security footage of the robbery.
“Officers learned that the suspect, described as a Male, Black, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue sweatpants, a white mask, and blue surgical gloves, entered the store and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at both victims,” said the Culver City Police Department in a statement posted on social media. “The suspect then jumped over the counter and forced both employees to lay face down, while he grabbed money from the cash register. The suspect took approximately $500 in US currency and fled the store on foot.”
However, after reviewing the security camera footage, the officers realised that the suspect had dropped a set of car keys while robbing the business, which prompted them to examine the surrounding area.
The Culver City Police Department reported that it didn’t take long for authorities to find a potential suspect car that was parked one block from the crime scene. When the responding officers looked inside the car, “they observed the clothing that was worn by the suspect in the rear seat,” they said.
Authorities kept searching the area and soon found a man who matched the description supplied to them by Boost Mobile staff members and appeared in surveillance footage from the armed robbery. The suspect, Lawrence Bell, 37, of Torrance, California, was then contacted by the Culver City Police Department and safely taken into custody.
“A search of the vehicle revealed a driver’s license in the detained subject’s name (Lawrence Bell), a loaded Glock Semi-automatic handgun, and the aforementioned clothing worn by the suspect during the commission of the robbery,” said the CCPD. “Additionally, the currency stolen during the robbery and other items of evidentiary value were recovered from inside the vehicle.”
Bell was already on parole for robbery when he was arrested, and the CCPD reports that he was wearing an ankle monitor as a requirement of his parole at the time of the heist.
Uncertainty surrounds Bell’s legal counsel, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will be presented with the case at a later date.
Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.