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Two Men Staged Armed Robbery Near Urth Caffe Last Night

Tue, Aug 01, 2017   By Staff    4 Comments
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Deputies investigating armed robbery near Urth Caffe last night. (Photo by Jim Garrecht / ANG News)

Two men armed with handguns staged a robbery on Melrose Avenue outside Urth Caffé last night.

Lt. Edward Ramirez of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said the men, both black, approached the victims around 10:30 p.m. and demanded that they turn over their wristwatches. One man, faced with a gun, surrendered his watch, an Audemars Piguet valued at an estimated $30,000. The other victim, who had a handgun in his waistband, pushed the robber away at which point both suspects ran north on Westmount Drive.

One suspect is estimated to be between 18 and 25 years-old, 5’6” tall with a thin-build and was wearing dark clothing.
The other was wearing a black hooded sweater and a red baseball hat.

Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Duncan said that about 10 minutes later residents called 911 to report two suspicious men running near Willoughby and Croft. That prompted the Sheriff’s Station to set up a perimeter around the area, assisted by the Beverly Hills Police and the L.A. Police Department’s Air Support Division, whose helicopter circled the Tri-West neighborhood searching for the suspects. Deputies searched a building under construction in the neighborhood after someone said he’d seen two black men enter the property and hide in a portable restroom on the site. They were unable to find the suspects.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the West Hollywood Station Detective Greg Boagni at (310) 358-4041.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477) by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Note: This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. to add information regarding the looks of the suspects and the name of the detective in charge.

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4 Comments

  1. PaulTue, Aug 01, 2017 at 10:10 am

    As weho gets more affluent this is going to happen. We need more cops patrolling the streets in the neighborhood but especially along melrose at night.

  2. EricaTue, Aug 01, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    This happens way too often, at times and in places that should be safe. If we can’t go for dinner at Urth without the risk of being robbed on the way back to our car (or nearby home), that is not acceptable. Someone here suggested before having undercover sheriffs walking the streets, or at least more sheriffs walking the streets in general. These robbers also very, very rarely get caught — even when cornered in a small residential neighborhood, they still always seem to get away, and from personal experience, the sheriffs appear to have little interest in tracking them down once they leave Weho. As a result, they have little fear of getting caught, for good reason, so there is little to deter them.
    Something needs to change.

  3. SethTue, Aug 01, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    The victim was carrying a concealed gun? Did he have a permit? Not many people in Weho carry guns. Makes me wonder if the victims were targeted and this wasn’t random.

  4. Henry MThu, Aug 03, 2017 at 9:52 am

    This was planned and very easily. Summer evenings, Urth caters crowds of Middle Easterners (I’ve even seen Dubai and Saudi Arabia License plates as well as a prince in full Royal Garb walking down the street to the cafe) As a casual observer, you can see exotic cars parked along Melrose Avenue worth in the range of conservatively $60,000 to over $150,000. These tourists are an easy target.

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