Two men arrested for string of robberies

NORWALK – On Monday, Nov. 20, between the hours of 12:45 p.m. and 8:40 p.m., six armed robberies occurred within the cities of Norwalk, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs and Bellflower. 
The primary targets were gas stations and convenience stores. 

Approximately $780 in cash, cigarettes and other miscellaneous items were stolen at gunpoint. Evidence obtained at several of the incident locations lead detectives to identify two suspects. 
At approximately 8:45 p.m., a small 1994 dark blue Toyota 2dr pick-up truck, fitting the description of the suspected vehicle, was observed by Whittier Police Department personnel drive into a gas station at Valley View and Rosecrans Avenue in La Mirada. 

Subsequently, the two suspects inside the pick-up truck were detained at gunpoint and taken into custody without incident.

Among the items recovered from the suspect vehicle were cigarettes and approximately $800 in cash. A black airsoft pistol closely resembling the handgun believed to have been used in the commission of the crimes was also recovered.

The suspects, 18-year-old Christian Lopez, a male Hispanic resident of Whittier and 20-year-old Alberto Letona Jr., a male Hispanic of La Mirada, were arrested and transported to Norwalk Sheriff’s Station where they were booked for robbery. 

Each are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.