Angeles Police Department officers arrested a man near the Heritage Square Gold
Line Station early Thursday morning after he robbed a wallet from another man
at gunpoint and ran.
The victim had used or intended to use the train at the Heritage Square/The Arroyo Gold Line Station in Highland Park when the suspect, who was riding a bicycle, pointed a handgun at him and demanded his wallet, according to Northeast LAPD Lt. Patricia Sandoval.
“Either the victim or someone called police who happened to be right in the area,” Sandoval explained, adding that the suspect left his bicycle behind and took to his heels with the wallet.
LAPD officers called in a K9 unit and conducted a perimeter search for the suspect with the help of a police dog, Sandoval said, adding that the suspect was apprehended shortly after midnight near the intersection of Pasadena Avenue and French Avenue.
“It was kind of a standard robbery, but the oddball thing was that he [the suspect] fled, leaving his bicycle behind,” Sandoval said. “It would have been a lot more difficult if he was on his bicycle and had been able to cover a certain distance much quicker—thankfully officers were in the vicinity and were able to catch him.”
Neither the victim nor the officers were injured in the incident, but the suspect suffered a bite from the police dog during the perimeter search, Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, the LAPD watch commander on duty at the Northeast station Thursday morning, told Patch.