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Robbery Spree in Silver Lake Has Community on Alert

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Two recent robberies that took place near each other in both time and physical proximity have prompted the LAPD to contact Silver Lake residents via a community alert.Both robberies happened between midnight and 12:30 a.m. on April 18th. The first involved a female victim walking alone near Rowena and Hyperion, when she was confronted by a male passenger of a dark 1990's Honda Accord or Civic. The suspect had a weapon, and demanded the victim give him her property; he fled in the vehicle once she complied.

Just a few minutes later, two victims were walking near Evans Street and Hyperion when they were stopped by two male suspects who emerged from a dark-colored 1990s Honda Accord or Civic, and brandished handguns and demanded they give them money. The victims complied and the suspects fled in the vehicle.

Because of the similarities in the incidents, as well as the description of the suspects, the crimes appear to be related. "The suspects have been described as male hispanic between the ages of 20 to 35," notes the alert sent to the community. The LAPD are asking residents of and visitors to the vicinity of these robberies to "be aware of your surroundings and report any activity that may be suspicious. If confronted, the best option may be to comply and surrender your property. Be a good witness and help provide information and clues that can help solve and prevent additional robberies."

Could these two recent events also be related to a purse snatching that ended in gunfire on April 10th? The suspects have a similar description, and all involve pedestrians being confronted by suspects brandishing handguns and demanding property.