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September 22, 2013 | By Andy Callahan
There were 8,953 robberies and 320 kidnappings last year in Los Angeles. Numbers like that have always felt abstract to me. But I realize now that behind each of those robberies and kidnappings, there's a story. I say this with some authority because at 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 29, I became one. I woke up that morning ready for battle. Preschool was closed, my 3-year-old son, Dean, needed sneakers and my father-in-law - our kids call him Nana - was in town. Our morning activity would be a surgical strike on the Fashion Square Mall in Sherman Oaks.
September 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Angel Jennings
More than a dozen detectives are investigating a shooting in a tony Encino neighborhood that left an 80-year-old man dead Thursday morning, Los Angeles police officials said. Harvey Cohen died at a hospital after suffering a single gunshot during a possible home invasion in the 5300 block of Andasol Avenue, KTLA reported. Cohen's wife heard a noise early Thursday and went downstairs and found her husband lying on the floor, according to KTLA. Cohen had apparently confronted the suspect as he entered his home about 2:30 a.m., police said.
September 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Police are investigating the shooting death of a clerk at a discount store in Florence two blocks from the LAPD's 77th Street station. Martha Sanchez, a 39-year-old mother of five, was killed about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Happy Bargain store in the 7400 block of Broadway by a man "who walked into the store, robbed it and shot Sanchez numerous times" before fleeing on foot, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department....
September 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A woman in her 20s was shot and killed during a robbery in South Los Angeles, police said Tuesday night. The incident was reported around 9 p.m. near Broadway and 74th Street in the Florence neighborhood, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was 25 to 29 years old, the LAPD said. Detectives were at the scene gathering evidence late Tuesday. Since January 2007, at least 264 homicides have been reported within two miles of the woman's slaying, according to The Times Homicide Report database.
August 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Manhattan Beach woman who walked in on two men burglarizing her home was tied up at gunpoint for several hours while the residence was raided, police said Friday. Manhattan Beach police went to the 1600 block of 5th Street about 12:30 a.m. Friday and said the robbery was in progress when the woman came home. "The victim was tied up at gunpoint for several hours while the house was ransacked," Manhattan Beach Police Department officials said in a statement. "The victim's father arrived home several hours later.
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A man and a woman were beaten and robbed in their San Pedro home early Wednesday, authorities said. Two people entered the home in the 300 block of N. Mesa Street at about 2 a.m. and stole money and other items, according to Los Angeles police officials. The victims suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. A description of the robbers was not immediately available, with the investigation still in its early stages. It was L.A.'s second home-invasion robbery in as many days.
August 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Authorities released new details Monday about two teenage boys who are charged with the murder of Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran, in Spokane, Wash., saying the motive of the attack was robbery, and that family members helped lead police to their second suspect. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub, at a news conference Monday that was streamed live online, said suspects Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, have been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man long suspected of killing a local market owner in 1990 is now in jail for the man's slaying. Marcus Lynn Perkins, 42, is being held without bail in the killing of Timoteo Pena, who was shot to death during an armed robbery at Pena's Sinaloa Meat and Grocery Market in South L.A. 23 years ago. Pena was killed in a shootout with an armed robber, Los Angeles police said in a news release. Witnesses described the suspect and vehicle that fled the scene and Perkins was questioned by detectives about the slaying later that night when he was admitted to a local hospital with a gunshot wound, but he denied any involvement.
August 13, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Emily Foxhall
Three suspects have been arrested in the armed robbery of West Covina City Councilman Andrew McIntyre after they were found in possession of the council member's city badge. McIntyre pulled up outside his Fircroft Street home shortly before midnight Friday when a man approached him holding a handgun. McIntyre handed over his wallet, which contained his city council member badge. The suspect took it and ran across the street to an awaiting getaway car. The vehicle, a white Acura Integra, sped away.  The next day, San Bernardino County sheriff's detectives investigating two similar robberies in Upland and Rancho Cucamonga located and stopped the Acura in Rowland Heights.
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