The 90-year-old victim of a vicious gang attack and robbery at a crowded Culver City mall was still recovering Wednesday while his alleged assailant was finally behind bars.
On a quiet weekday just after noon at the Westfield Culver City mall, the gang member allegedly “walked up to the victim, ripped gold chains from his neck and threw him to the ground,” police allege.
“While the victim was on the ground, the suspect took his wallet and fled on foot in an unknown direction,” police said.
The victim, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Robert Bernoudy of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of robbery and elder abuse, according to Culver City police. Authorities this week announced the Thursday arrest.
The crimes occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the mall in the 6000 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, police said.
The suspect was recorded on surveillance video and media coverage generated numerous leads, which led detectives to Bernoudy’s home. He was arrested without incident at a nearby service station, police said.
“Based on the totality of the investigation, the detectives are confident that Bernoudy is the person responsible for this crime,” according to a police statement.
Bernoudy was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to sheriff’s inmate records.
–City News Service