LAPD warns residents of new ‘follow-home’ robbery trend
Three victims of a follow-home robbery in North Hollywood, Calif., were held at gunpoint as suspects stole their money and watches, according to officials.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told Granthshala News that the robbery occurred just before 3 a.m. PST Friday at the 1200 block of Elbers Street in Los Angeles.
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“They put a gun to my face. In the moment, they took my Rolex, they took my diamond bracelet, they took my girlfriend’s Rolex, they took our iPhones, $2,000 cash from my pocket, they took everything,” one Male victim told Granthshala 11’s Gigi Graciet. “He told me, ‘If you’re not going to keep quiet, I’m going to [shoot you] in your face.'”
The LAPD said two armed suspects robbed three victims, two men and one woman, taking cash and their Rolex watches before they could even experience the scene.
According to police, one of the suspects is a black male in his 20s or 30s, wearing a black jacket, and the other suspect is a black male in his 30s or 40s, who wore a black hat and had a beard.
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The incident is being called a “follow-home robbery” as the suspects pulled after the victims as they exited their vehicle in North Hollywood and proceeded to solicit their personal belongings at gunpoint, as That Granthshala 11 informed earlier.
The LAPD announced in mid-November that it was investigating more than 110 robberies involving at least six different street gangs in which victims were followed at home. The LAPD issued a warning about “follow-home robberies” in November after several incidents.
The department later developed a “Follow Home Task Force” in response to the ongoing crime trend following one such robbery that ended in a homicide on 23 November.
An LAPD spokesman told Granthshala News that domestic robbery “happens everywhere” in the city.
One of the victims told Granthshala 11 that he had heard of a domestic robbery trend, but did not think he would be the victim of one.
Granthshala News’ Louis Cassiano contributed to this report.