FURTHER UPDATED: Investigation Is Ongoing After Attempted Armed Robbery Jewelry Store, 1200 block E. Anaheim; Good Samaritans Aid Store Owner In Struggle With Armed Suspect; Gun Discharges...BUT Injuries To Suspect & Victim NOT From Gunshot


(UPDATED, 8:00 a.m. July 17, 2012) -- An LBPD investigation is active and ongoing following an attempted armed robbery of a jewelry store in the 1200 block of E. Anaheim St. yesterday (July 16). Good Samaritans aided the store owner in a struggle with an armed suspect and the suspect's gun discharged...but LBPD says injuries to the suspect and victim were NOT from the gunshot.

LBPD PIO Sgr. Aaron Eaton explains that the store has two doors: a front (glass) entry door through and then a metal-gated areas that employees let individual customers enter. Sgt. Eaton says a suspect -- who was ultimately arrested -- was allowed to enter that second gated area.

Sgt. Eaton says additional people were outside the store when the incident occurred and during the ensuring struggle a few people went in the store to assist the victim. At this point, Detectives are uncertain how many, if any, individuals outside the store might have have involved in the crime (additional suspects).

LBPD's investigation into this is ongoing...and the ongoing investigation is the reason cited by LBPD for declining to release the name of the arrested suspect for now.

Sgt. Eaton says the injuries sustained by the victim and the suspect were NOT caused by a gunshot fired during the incident.

Sgt. Eaton says (as we reported based on LBPD information yesterday) that the gun belonged to the suspect.

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(July 16, 2012, updated 7:40 p.m.) -- Good Samaritans came to the assistance of a jewelry store owner in LB's Cambodia Town at midday today (July 16) after a suspect [possibly more than one, unconfirmed] allegedly armed with a gun entered his business in the 1200 block of E. Anaheim St. and allegedly tried to rob him.

LBPD Public Information Officer Lisa Massacani says that at about 11:48 a.m., officers responded to a call of a robbery at a jewelry store in the 1200 block of E. Anaheim St. (east of Alamitos, near MacArthur Park).

UPDATE: During the attempted robbery, a struggle ensued between the suspect and the victim and the suspect's gun discharged, PIO Massacani said. Both the victim and a suspect were transported to local hospitals with injuries (believed non-life-threatening) sustained in the struggle.

FURTHER UPDATE: LBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Aaron Eaton tells at early evening that one suspect is in custody and has been released from the hospital and is being booked at the Long Beach city jail.

PIO Eaton said Detectives are trying to determine if there were additional suspects and at this point (approx. 7:40 p.m.)

One of the Good Samaritans was from out of town (location unconfirmed at this point). Another was woman who heard the common and went into the store to see what was happening.

There was one gun shot fired but it's uncertain at this point the exact circumstances of this, Sgt. Eaton said at early evening.

("$" symbol = armed robbery location; blue X's indicate shootings since Aug. 2/11; red Xs = murders 2011 to date).

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