'Claw Hammer' Robber Detained in Hollywood - FOX 35 News Orlando

'Claw Hammer' Robber Detained in Hollywood

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Just after midnight in Hollywood two suspects robbed a man of his pit bull puppy. This was the latest in a string of robberies that started in the Hollywood area last week. In all, there were 4 street robberies, one case of vandalism and an attempted car jacking.

Hollywood police Detective Gary Kukaua says Adrian Aldaco of East LA will be arrested in the pit bull robbery, but may well be linked to the other crimes that Kukaua says have been terrifying to those involved. During the crime spree, cell phones, purses and other personal property were stolen. Police say they have some pretty good leads on the second suspect, but Kukaua says if he "just turns himself in we can end this."

And, one more thing. Kakaua says even those some of these crimes may have looked like smash and grab burglaries they were street robberies. By definition a robbery involves the taking of something by using fear or force. The suspects in this case used a claw hammer.

Hal Eisner


(CNS) Police in Hollywood today arrested a man suspected of committing a robbery with a claw hammer similar to a series of robberies and a carjacking a week ago attributed to two or three young men, authorities said.

The suspect was arrested after a midnight robbery at Lexington and Cherokee Avenues, according to a Los Angeles police sergeant. The suspect - who is yet to be booked - used the threat of injury with a hammer in the robbery, the sergeant said.

The alleged crime was a block away from the scene of a recent similar robbery at Lexington Avenue and June Street.

The crimes took place in intervals of about five minutes late last Monday night, said Sgt. Enrique Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station. The first was a robbery at 10:50 p.m. at the intersection of Yucca Street and Las Palmas Avenue, followed by robberies at Selma Avenue and Schrader Boulevard and Lexington Avenue and June Street, Mendoza said.

The suspects made off with victims' cash, wallets and cell phones and in one case took someone's saxophone, Mendoza said, adding that each robbery involved a single victim.

The spree was capped off with a carjacking at the intersection of Waring Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard, Mendoza said. The vehicle was found abandoned not far from where the suspects took it, he said.

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