LOS ANGELES – Two men were arrested Friday for allegedly robbing at least three armored cars throughout the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles County Department Major Crimes Bureau investigators — in cooperation with the FBI, Gardena Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — learned in October of the three robberies that shared the same modus operandi, according to the LASD.
“The suspects brazenly, without warning shot several armored car drivers prior to robbing them,” according to the LASD. “Detectives conducted a thorough investigation and positively identified Lamond Akins and Gregory James as their suspects in the robberies.”
Authorities obtained warrants for the arrest of the two suspects and both were detained about 5 a.m. Friday. Atkins was found and detained at his residence in the 1600 block of W. 121st Street of Los Angeles, while James was detained at a motel in the 17200 block of Downey Avenue in Bellflower.
“Numerous pieces of evidence were recovered at both locations,” the LASD reported. “Suspects Akins and James were arrested and transported to the Federal Detention Center in Los Angeles, where they were booked on Robbery and Illegal Discharge of a Firearm charges.”
Authorities are investigating to determine if the suspects are responsible for similar armored car robberies in Southern California, and asked anyone with information to contact the LASD Major Crimes Bureau at 562-946- 7150. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted at lacrimestoppers.org.