Police activity at the Crenshaw Boulevard robbery scene.Â Photo Credit: Francis Taylor for SentinelÂ Â Â Â
Robbery on Crenshaw
Rush hour was disrupted on Tuesday evening when four men robbed one of the retail establishments near Crenshaw and Vernon
By Francis Taylor, Sentinel Writer
While commuters, neighborhood residents and others were perusing the vicinity of Crenshaw Boulevard near Vernon Avenue last Tuesday evening around 5:30 p.m., four men robbed a food establishment causing Los Angeles police officers to cordon off the area and detour traffic between 48th Street and Stocker Boulevard.
According to Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, the robbery took place at a Creole Restaurant located on Crenshaw Boulevard just north of Vernon Avenue. Immediately as the events were unfolding, Albanese said, "We got everybody out safely but were worried about hostages on the inside. There's a perimeter for some of the suspects ... one of the suspects is in custody; they used an AK47 assault rifle, but nobody's hurt. So that's why there's all that congestion out there.
"The restaurant was robbed there were four suspects," Albanese continued. "At the precise time the robbery was taking place, a juvenile, at five stores down at the shoe store, stole a pair of tennis shoes, and was running out the door, and he got detained as though he was one of the robbery suspects."
It appeared that there was some confusion as to what actually took place relative to the aftermath of the robbery because a resident of the Leimert Park area called the Sentinel stating that her lights and the lights in her immediate neighborhood were out inferring that a vehicle had collided with the electrical light pole. However, it was not determined if the robbery and the electrical light shortage resulted from the same incident.
What was certain was that all pedestrian and motor traffic were banned from proceeding north beyond 48th Street and south beyond Stocker Boulevard.
A police officer on the scene said, "We have reason to believe the suspects are still in the area and the area remains closed until further notice."
Deputy Chief Albanese cautioned about non-police persons being in the area since the incident (the news of the robbery) was fresh and the captain in charge would probably be too busy to be interviewed.
"He's very busy right now and they are still gathering preliminary information," the deputy chief continued. "But they'll be searching with the dogs so it shouldn't be much longer. So right now, they're going to be check just for public safety purposes to make sure those guys are not in the immediate neighborhood. They (the robbers) took a safe; so we have some bad guys that did something serious tonight."
As late as 8:00 p.m., there still was no access to Crenshaw Boulevard as the LAPD officers and helicopters searched for the suspects. There was no indication whether or not anyone was injured during the robbery.