The presence of an LAPD squad cars and two uniformed officers would probably make most people think twice about committing a crime. But that was no deterrent for Luis Hernandez, who early this morning walked past a squad car in the parking lot of an Echo Park 7-Eleven, entered the store and then ran out with a 12-pack of beer after shoving the clerk to the floor, according to police. The crime was witnessed by the two officers who were standing near coffee counter in the store at Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue. Lt. Wes Buhrmester of the Rampart Division provides the details:
“At the 7-Eleven, 2200 W. Sunset Blvd., this morning (8-28-10) at 1:20 a.m., two of our officers were getting coffee. They were a patrol unit, in uniform with their black and-white parked in front. Luis Hernandez, 28, Los Angeles, walked in, past them, went to a cooler and removed a 12-pack of beer. He then walked toward the front of the store and passed an open register.
The clerk asked Hernandez if he was going to pay for the beer, but he continued walking. The clerk approached him at the door, at which point Hernandez pushed him down and ran out. The officers chased him for a half-block south on Rosemont St. before detaining him without incident and recovering the beer. Hernandez * was subsequently booked for strong-arm robbery. The shoplift became a robbery when he pushed the store clerk out of the way, thus using force or violence to facilitate the theft. He also had a no-bail warrant for grand theft. His state of sobriety was not described in the report.”
* Correction: A previous version of this post identified the suspect, Luis Hernandez, incorrectly as Rodriguez in the fifth reference.
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