LOS ANGELES -- Police are asking for public help to find the suspect who attacked a wheelchair-bound man from behind and grabbed his necklace.
Detectives say the entire incident was caught on surveillance tape.
It happened outside a liquor store in the 4000 block of South Long Beach Avenue around 11:35 a.m. on December 5.
The suspect can be seen in the surveillance video lurking outside the liquor store. When the victim left the store, the man attacked him.
A short struggle ensued as the victim tried to prevent the suspect from taking his property. Eventually, the suspect overpowered the victim, ran away with the necklace and was last seen west bound on Vernon Avenue. The victim, a 42 year old man, sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical attention, according to detectives.
The suspect is described as a male Black, 17-25 years old, 5'9"- 5'10" tall and weighing about 160-170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a burgundy hooded jacket with dark lining and with white letters across the chest, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
Detectives believe that the suspect may be responsible for several other robberies in the area. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Newton Area Robbery detectives Verner or Nava at (323) 846-6572.
During non-business hours or on weekends calls should be directed to 1-877- LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
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