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Arrests made in a series of armed robberies 580 424 SIB Staff

Arrests made in a series of armed robberies

Six cities in the County of Los Angeles have been impacted by a series of armed robberies in recent days. Hard working deputies from several of our patrol stations along with detectives from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau – Major Detail finally made a breakthrough and arrested three juvenile suspects in connection with those robberies. On December 14, 2021, Metro Detail investigators responded to armed robberies occurring in the city of Norwalk and in the city of Industry.

During their investigation, detectives discovered that they were looking for one to two suspects described as male Blacks and armed with a handgun. Additionally, detectives were also able to identify the suspects’ vehicle and a license plate. The license plate was entered as a “Felony Vehicle – Armed and Dangerous,” which alerted all LASD patrol stations in the County of Los Angeles. Shortly after, the suspects committed another armed robbery in the city of Bellflower.

A Lakewood Sheriff’s Station patrol deputy, patrolling his area, spotted the suspect vehicle and conducted a high-risk traffic stop. During the traffic stop deputies recovered over $1000 USD, and evidence linking the juvenile suspects to multiple robberies. The handgun used in these multiple incidents, is still outstanding. Several victims and witnesses positively identified the juvenile suspects as the ones who committed these armed robberies at the various locations.

Major Crimes Bureau – Metro Detail arrested three juvenile suspects responsible for a series of armed robberies that occurred between December 12 to December 14, 2021 at multiple gas stations, and convenience stores in the cities of Bellflower, Industry, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Whittier, and Downey. The juvenile suspects are currently detained, and the criminal case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau – Major Detail at 562-946-7150. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

Pico Rivera Cancer Survivor Gets Backpack and Special Celebrity Visit 800 600 SIB Staff

Pico Rivera Cancer Survivor Gets Backpack and Special Celebrity Visit

Pico Rivera Cancer Survivor Gets Backpack and Special Celebrity Visit

Matthew “Matu” Ignacio is just 11 years old and eager to get back into the swing of things, now that he’s surviving cancer.  At age six, he was diagnosed with brain cancer and had two tumors removed.  Now, with medication and monitoring, Matu can get back to the good stuff of childhood.

Part of growing up is going to school.  Assistant Sheriff Gross and deputy personnel from the Vital Intervention Directional Alternatives youth program, known as VIDA, came to Matu’s house and presented him and his two older brothers with backpacks and school supplies.

Matu has a connection with the VIDA deputies; they mentored him and have been in his life over the past few years, through all the ups and downs.  Matu also regularly speaks to at-risk kids participating in the program and offers words of perspective about uncertain tomorrows.  Life is precious and not guaranteed, which is why we must cherish each minute.  Even in Matu’s short time on earth, he has a great understanding of this concept, considering the circumstances he faced.

In an exciting moment at the event, Matu was appointed as an honorary Sheriff’s Explorer and presented with their uniform shoulder patches.  His face beamed with happiness and pride as he accepted the gift.

Actor Cody Walker also attended this special occasion and offered his support and encouragement as Matu continues his journey to improved health.

Home Invasion Robbery 600 338 SIB Staff

Home Invasion Robbery


At least three armed home invasion robbers are sought after taking over a home and tying up residents in the 4400 block of Indian Bend Drive, in Unincorporated West Whittier on Thursday, January 16, 2020 just after 9:30 p.m.

Pico Rivera Station deputies responded to the single story dwelling after receiving a frantic 9-1-1 “robbery now” call.  Upon arriving, the home invasion robbers had ran off.   Amidst a strong deputy search of the area, the suspects were not located.

Detectives learned that three suspects rushed into the home after an elderly female resident walked back inside from a side door after having taken out the trash.

Once inside, the suspects hurriedly spread throughout and searched the house, corralling and tying up two male adults and one female juvenile who were also inside the house.

As the suspects made demands and threatened the residents inside the home with a black semi-automatic handgun, a female adult and resident of the home, approached the front door, unaware of what was transpiring inside.

The suspects opened the front door from inside the residence and pulled her in, where almost simultaneously one of the male adult victims yelled at her to run.  A fight then ensued between the arriving female and the suspects, where ultimately she was able to break free.  In doing so, she was able to run outside through the front door as another male resident trailed behind, screaming for help. 

With the soiled plan, the startled suspects fled through the front door and ran in an unknown direction. 

Two victims, a male adult and female adult, were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

At least $500 in U.S. currency was taken.

The three suspects, described as male adults, wore dark clothing.

Near the time of the incident, a dark colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger or Challenger, was captured in video surveillance driving near the area.

Detectives continue following leads and are asking anyone with information to contact Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Detective David Avila at 562-222-5529. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website