A man suspected of conducting a late-night crime spree in West Hollywood was in custody Saturday.
The man, armed with a baseball bat and a box cutter, allegedly committed at least three crimes near La Cienega and Crescent Heights boulevards on Thursday beginning with threatening a victim at a restaurant in the 8600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, according to Sgt. Joana Warren of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station.
When the victim tried to call 911, the suspect allegedly snatched the phone and ran away.
Deputies received a call at approximately 9:17 p.m. Thursday about a man matching the description of the earlier suspect attempting to break into vehicles parked at a hotel parking lot in the 8400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. After the hotel manager confronted him, the suspect threatened the manager and ran away before the deputies arrived, Warren said.
Later Thursday, a man matching the same description as the suspect in the previous two crimes approached a victim in the 8200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, near Crescent Heights Boulevard, at 9:56 p.m. and demanded money, Warren said. The victim screamed for help and the man fled on a scooter.
Warren said the suspect was caught after deputies in a patrol car spotted a man who matched the description at 10:51 p.m. near the intersection of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards. A pursuit began when the suspect ran away but he was detained and arrested by deputies, Warren said.
The suspect’s name has not been released.
From the Sheriff’s Facebook page:
In the late-night hours of Thursday November 18, 2021, #WeHo Station Deputies apprehended a suspect who was armed with a box cutter and a bat, terrorized several victims within a two block radius.
The suspect committed 3 separate crimes in the City of West Hollywood. During the 1st incident, the suspect was at a local restaurant in the 8600 block of Santa Monica Bl. The suspect became angry, pulled out a box cutter and threatened the victim. The victim tried to call 911, and the suspect pulled the phone away from the victim, preventing them from calling 911.
At approximately 9:17 pm, WeHo station received a 2nd call with a similar suspect description. In the 2nd incident, the suspect was attempting to break into vehicles parked at a local hotel parking lot in the 8400 block of Santa Monica Bl. A manager at the hotel confronted the suspect. The suspect armed himself with a baseball bat and threatened the manager. The suspect fled prior to deputies arrival.
At 9:56 pm, a suspect, matching the same description as the previous two crimes, approached a victim on the 8200 block of Santa Monica Bl. The suspect demanded money from the victim. The victim feared for their safety and screamed for help. The suspect fled the scene on a scooter prior to deputies arrival.
At approximately 10:51 pm, a WeHo Patrol Deputy saw a male, who matched the suspect description of the three crimes above, at the intersection of Santa Monica Bl and La Cienega Bl and advised other patrol units. The Deputy attempted to detain the suspect, who then fled the location. Two additional deputies saw the suspect running from the location. They immediately jumped out of their vehicles and chased the suspect fearing he would attack additional victims. Seconds later the suspect was apprehended and arrested by the pursing deputies and deputies from the Entertainment Policing Team (EPT). The victims were able to positively ID the suspect.
The case including several felony charges will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for filing.
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