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Robbers Posing as Police Arrested, LAPD Looking for More Victims
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Three people have been arrested for posing as undercover police officers in order to rob homes and police believe there are more victims out there. Late last month, three suspects posing as LAPD undercover narcotics officers knocked on an apartment door in the 400 block of N. Normandie Avenue. They asked for “Juan Dominguez” and before she could answer, they pushed the door open and claimed they were officers doing a narcotics investigation. The female victim was then handcuffed and was made to lay face down. Another person in the apartment walked out into the living room to what was happening and was also put on the floor face down after being forced to surrender her purse. The apartment was ransacked, stealing money and other items.
Two days later, a similar incident happened in Panorama City in the Valley. A female was followed to her home on the 8400 block of Cedros Ave. When the suspects forced their way into her apartment, one flashed a fake police badge, but she fought back and a second victim in the home fled, prompting a chase. Later that night, one of the suspects came back to the apartment to get a fake police badge from a car still parked there when he was arrested. That led to the arrest of two accomplices.
Since the victims of these robberies may have assumed the suspects were police officers, detectives believe there could be additional victims from similar incidents carried out by these suspects.
Anyone with information regarding these or other related robberies, as well as those who have been directly victimized under similar circumstances by these suspects, is asked to call Olympic Division robbery detectives at (213) 382-9460 or Mission Division robbery detectives at (818) 838-9461. After hours or on weekends, calls may directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD. Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website www.lapdonline.org. All tips may remain anonymous.