'Fast Food Bandit' Wanted in Series of Holdups
LAPD's Northeast Division has released a police sketch of the suspect wanted in a series of robberies at fast food restaurants near the 110 Freeway (SKETCH: LAPD / January 19, 2012)
Over the past few weeks, the robber has hit six different fast food restaurants and one Radio Shack, and the pattern of his behavior has been consistent.
"This individual is quick," LAPD Det. Miguel Barajas said. "He goes in, and either simulates a handgun or is armed with a handgun. He asks for cash, then quickly walks out."
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic about 24-27 years old.
He is roughly five-feet-seven inches tall, and weighs approximately 135 pounds.
In each holdup he's been seen wearing dark clothing, with a hooded sweatshirt.
The robberies have occurred in the Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park areas, among others, generally at establishments in close proximity to the 110 Freeway.
Most have occurred between 4 and 10 p.m. -- a concern to detectives because that is when families might be dining at the restaurants.
In one instance, the suspect kicked restaurant employees, indicating to police that he is brazen and dangerous.
Police have released a sketch of the suspect.
Anyone with information about him is asked to call the LAPD's Northeast Division detectives.