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    LBPD Arrests Suspect In String of Robberies Covering Bix. Knolls, Bix. Highlands, Mem. Hts. & NLB

    (April 4, 2003) -- LBPD has announced the arrest of a suspect allegedly responsible for a string of robberies that encompassed Bixby Knolls, Bixby Highlands, Memorial Heights & NLB.

    Police arrested Demetrius Johnson, 19, of Carson, saying surveillance video and a thorough investigation identified him as the suspect allegedly responsible for a number of LB robberies -- including four in the 3400 block of LB Blvd (two on Mar. 4, two on Mar. 11) -- over the past six months (listed below).

    LBPD says that in each incident, the suspect would allegedly enter the business armed with a handgun, demand money and was sometimes seen leaving in a vehicle.

    In a written release, police indicate that plainclothes officers located the suspect's vehicle at his residence, conducted surveillance...and search warrants were subsequently served that recovered a handgun, clothing and part of the loss.

    Police believe their suspect is allegedly responsible for these robberies:

    Discount Store2000 block Atlantic Ave.Nov. 15/02
    Market1700 block Atlantic Ave.Dec. 8/02
    Doughnut Shop5300 block LB Blvd.Dec. 26/02
    Convenience Store4500 block Orange Ave.Jan. 5/03
    Gas Stn.3400 block LB Blvd.March 4/03
    Fast Food3400 block LB Blvd.March 4/03
    Gas Stn.3400 block LB Blvd.March 11/03
    Gas Stn.3400 block LB Blvd.March 11/03
    Gas Stn.3300 block Orange Ave.March 27/03
    Gas Stn.3300 block Orange Ave.April 2/03

    The suspect is currently at the LB City Jail on $500,000 bail.

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