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.