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Man Seriously Injures 6-Year-Old in Hit & Run

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Late Monday morning, a 6-year-old boy and his teenage brother were in a crosswalk on Florence Avenue near Figueroa when a vehicle struck the boy seriously injuring him. As the 15-year-old brother tried to note the driver's license plate on his cell phone, the man got out of his car and unsuccessfully tried to take the cell phone before fleeing the scene. Luckily, the brother got the license plate and description. The suspect’s car is a gold, four-door, 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass with 22-inch chrome rims, California license plate 2DBL949. The suspect has been described as a Black male in his early- to mid-20s, about five feet six inches tall, with a slender build and tattoos on the side of his face, neck and arms. The boy just had surgery yesterday for a fractured femur and other serious injuries, according to Detective Free of the LAPD's South Traffic Division.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact LAPD South Traffic Division Detectives A. Lee or C. Free at (323) 290-6063, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. After-hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to the South Traffic Division’s watch commander at (213) 485-7336 or to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.” Tipsters may remain anonymous.