Dramatic Video Shows Best Buy Employee Fight iPhone Thief In Parking Lot


LOS ANGELES — (Scroll Down For Video) — On September 5, 2019, at approximately 7:45pm, a suspect walked into a business at the 11300 block of West Pico Boulevard. The security guards immediately recognized the suspect from prior encounters. The suspect took a shopping cart and walked inside the business.

While inside the business the suspect selected several items, and placed them in the shopping cart. The suspect then walked towards the cellular phone counter and told the employee he wanted to purchase two cell phones. The employee placed the cell phones on the counter and that is when the suspect grabbed the two cell phones, placed them inside of a brown satchel bag, and ran toward the exit.

An employee attempted to stop the suspect prior to him exiting the store. As the suspect and the employee struggled over the suspect’s brown satchel bag which contained the merchandise, the employee was pulled outside of the store where they continued to struggle over the bag.

The suspect then brandished a knife, and was grabbed a pepper spray from his brown satchel bag and point it at the employee, and the employee retreated inside of the store.

The suspect fled on foot westbound through the parking lot and continued north onto Corinth Avenue out of the view of the security cameras.

The suspect is described as a male, Black, 25-35 years old, black braided hair, standing at approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 180lbs. He was wearing a white short-sleeve button down shirt, black belt with multiple large holes, black pants, black shoes entered the store carrying a large brown satchel bag strapped over his left shoulder.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD West Los Angeles Area Detectives at (310) 444-1580. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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