The stolen car in which the suspects fled. Photo by Elliott Cohen for SCVNews.com
Two men sought in connection with an armed robbery Friday night in Santa Clarita have been apprehended at a motel in the Hyde Park district of Los Angeles.
The men, described as black males, one of whom was wearing an “NY” baseball cap and the other with a brown shirt and a Cookie Monster hat, reportedly entered the AT&T store at Bouquet and Newhall Ranch roads at 8:42 p.m. Armed with handguns, they allegedly stole thousands of dollars’ worth of cell phones and iPads.
They also reportedly stole the entire computer tower that housed the store’s surveillance video.
The suspects fled in a Chevrolet Malibu that had been reported stolen Thursday. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Deputies recovered the car shortly after the robbery in front of the Hyatt Regency Valencia hotel on McBean Parkway.
Persons matching the suspects’ descriptions were seen entering the Valencia hotel. About two dozen heavily armed deputies conducted a floor-to-floor search.
While the search was under way, one of the stolen AT&T devices, which was equipped with GPS, pinged from a location in Los Angeles.
Sheriff’s deputies determined the location was in the 6300 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles and immediately coordinated their investigation with the LAPD.
LAPD officers and deputies from the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau and Crenshaw Station descended on the Hyde Park Motel and saw persons matching the wanted men’s descriptions acting suspiciously in one of the motel rooms.
The suspects were ordered to come out of the room and they complied. One was still wearing an “NY” cap.
At 10:45 p.m., SCV Sheriff’s deputies were en route to the Los Angeles location with witnesses from the AT&T store for the purpose of confirming the suspects’ identities.
LASD Press Release, 11:15 PM:
At approximately 8:45 PM, deputies from Santa Clarita Station responded to a robbery call at an “AT&T” retail store in the 26000 block of Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita.
The suspects had fled the scene prior to the arrival of deputies. Upon arrival deputies learned that two male Black adults had robbed the store armed with handguns and had stolen cell phones and “I-Pads “with values exceeding thousands of dollars.
The suspects were located near the 6000 [sic] block of South Crenshaw Boulevard in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles, where they were seen entering a motel.
The location was contained with the assistance of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, Century Sheriff’s Station and Los Angeles Police Department personnel.
The suspects were later arrested as they exited the motel.