Beverly Hills police arrest suspects in connection with series of recent robberies
Beverly Hills police announced Wednesday that officers arrested five suspects they believe are connected to a series of recent robberies.
The first incidents happened around 10:50 p.m. Monday, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. Officers got two reports of armed street robberies near Elm Drive and Charleville Boulevard, and near Rexford Drive and Charleville.
The robbers fled in a black SUV before officers arrived, but investigators were able to get a vehicle description and license plate, and a description of the two suspects, police said.
Police said the victims in the first two robberies were not injured.
Detectives found the SUV near West 54th and Figueroa streets in Los Angeles, police said. Around 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, the detectives and Los Angeles police patrol units stopped the vehicle and arrested a man and woman inside. Officers reported also finding a replica firearm inside.
Chynelle Tyla-Lee Rhyne, 22, of Los Angeles, was charged with one count of brandishing an imitation firearm, police said. Justice Rasheed Malike Gill, 25, of Los Angeles, was charged with one count of robbery.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore is creating a task force to stop a troubling trend in follow-home robberies, after the latest such incident turns fatal.
Later on Tuesday, at 4:19 p.m., officers responded to a report of an armed street robbery on Beverly Boulevard west of Doheny Drive, police said.
The victims were not harmed, and the thieves ran off before officers arrived, police said. Officers set up a containment area and eventually found three suspects.
Two of the suspects had loaded handguns, police said.
One of the suspects is a 16-year-old and is not being named because he is a minor.
Lakeylia Lambert, 37, of Seaside, Calif., was charged with one count each of robbery and conspiracy, police said. Isaiah Hudson, 19, of Marina, faces one count each of robbery, conspiracy and carrying a concealed weapon. Seaside and Marina are in Monterey County.
Investigators don’t believe the robberies are related to other criminal activity in the city, police said. An investigation into Monday’s incidents is ongoing.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Beverly Hills Police Department at 310-285-2125.
Anonymous reports can be made by text to BEVHILLSPD followed by the tip information to 888777.
Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. To access Crime Stoppers, download the P3 Tips mobile app or use the website http://www.lacrimestoppers.org
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