One of two robbery suspects accused of targeting homes in Los Feliz was in custody Monday, and police circulated a photo of his alleged accomplice, who remains at large.
The suspects allegedly sat in their vehicle waiting for residents to leave their homes before breaking in . One of robbery suspects allegedly pulled a gun when confronted by an employee at a home, convincing the woman to stop following the escaping men.
Tanner Jacob Mitchell, 19, was arrested on March 8 and booked on suspicion of robbery, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. He’s being held on $150,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on March 23.
Police identified Mitchell’s alleged accomplice as 23-year-old Kevin Andrew Haney, who’s described as white, 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
They are accused of committing two crimes on Feb. 9. The first occurred in the 3800 block of Amesbury Road about 12:50 p.m.
“The suspects sat in their car in front of the residence for approximately 20 minutes and observed the patterns of the homeowners,” according to the LAPD. “Once the homeowner left the residence to walk her dog, the suspects went up to the front door of the residence and opened the front door to commit a burglary.”
When the suspects heard people inside the home, they fled without taking anything, according to police, who say the pair “possibly cased the area two days prior to the incident.”
An hour after they left that home, they allegedly broke into a house in the 2500 block of Aberdeen Avenue and began ransacking it, but were confronted by an employee at the residence.
“The suspects ran from the home with the victims’ property,” police said. “During the encounter, one of the suspects was armed with a handgun and pointed it directly at the victim, dissuading her from chasing them.”
Surveillance video was circulated showing the suspects, whose getaway vehicle was described as a silver 2014-15 Kia Optima with no front license plate, generating leads from the public that helped detectives identify the pair.
Anyone with information on the outstanding suspect’s whereabouts was urged to call detectives at (323) 561-3324, or (877) LAPD-24-7.
— City News Service
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