Police Wednesday released video footage of a violent street robbery by a pack of suspects who set upon a victim in the Fairfax district before a passerby intervened.
The victim was attacked about 4:10 p.m. on March 4, after being followed out of a business on Melrose Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
As he was walking through a residential neighborhood in the 7400 block of Waring Avenue, he was approached by four suspects. One of them grabbed him from behind while another struck him repeatedly as two other suspects moved in and took the downed victim’s property.
The victim, whose name and age were not released, suffered a bloody nose, police said.
“A concerned citizen stopped his vehicle, exited, and then chased the suspects who fled westbound on Waring Avenue,” according to a police statement.
Detectives believe the same suspects may have committed other robberies in the area.
All four were described as black men between 18 and 25 years old.
One was about 6-foot-1 and 120-160 pounds, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a white zipper and string, black pants, white shoes and carrying a black Nike backpack.
Another suspect was described as about 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, around 140 pounds and wearing a white hoodie with writing on the front, black pants, black shoes and toting a tan backpack.
A third suspect was about 6 feet tall and around 200 pounds, with a goatee. He was wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants, black shoes and carried a black backpack.
The fourth suspect was about 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 140 pounds, wearing a white hoodie with writing on the front, black pants, black shoes and carrying a black and gray backpack.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact Wilshire Station Robbery Detective John Maloney at (213) 922-8217 or Senior Lead Officer Ian O’Brien at (213) 922-8211.
After-hours calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7.
Anonymous calls may also be made to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or at www.lacrimestoppers.org.