Robbery suspects’ getaway misfires

first_img“He had his T-shirt in his pocket,” said Whittier Police Department spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar, who suspected the getaway bicycle had been stolen. “I’m sure it was. That’s the least of his concerns,” she added. Police arrested four 17-year-old boys and 18-year-old Dewey Tee Gordon, all of Los Angeles, on suspicion of robbery. One of the teens was also booked on suspicion of grand theft auto and evading police, Salazar said. The teens appeared in juvenile court Thursday, where a judge ruled they will be tried as adults. Gordon was being held at Whittier Police Department jail on Thursday, the spokeswoman said. All five suspects are scheduled to appear in Whittier Court today. WHITTIER – Armed robbers who held up two women in Pico Rivera and Whittier couldn’t get away with their loot, police said. The five suspects, including four teens and an adult, led Whittier police on a brief chase in a stolen car, then the driver abandoned the car and his companions. Police said the driver dropped one of the stolen wallets as he fled. He was later caught while trying to pedal away on a bicycle. He had also changed garb. Police recovered a gun, wallets allegedly taken in the robberies, and a 2002 Mitsubishi Gallant officials said was stolen in Simi Valley. The caper began 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, when officers got a call about the robbery in front of Whittier High School. A woman was robbed by two men at gunpoint, Salazar said. As a description of the getaway car and a possible license plate was broadcast on police radio, an officer spotted a car matching the description turning left onto Painter Avenue from Hadley Street. A check of the license plate showed it had been stolen. The driver sped up and tried to lose the police, driving through residential streets. When he attempted to go north on Armley Avenue from Dittmar Drive, his speed was too great, Salazar said. The driver stopped abruptly to avoid a crash, then bailed out, leaving his four passengers inside the Gallant. He dropped the victim’s wallet as he ran. Police arrested the four passengers. Inside the car was another wallet stolen from a woman in Pico Rivera 15 minutes earlier, Salazar said. Police searched for the driver using police dogs but couldn’t find him. Then a sergeant spotted someone matching the driver’s description riding a bicycle on Mills Avenue and Lambert Road, she said. The suspects also allegedly admitted to throwing a gun out of the car. Officers found a handgun in the 13600 block of Dittmar Drive, Salazar said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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