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McCriminal: LAPD seeks violent fast food robber, 7 businesses hit

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It's Unhappy Meals all around for six restaurants and one Radio Shack recently robbed in Northeast Los Angeles.

The suspect, armed with a blue-steel handgun, threatens employees and and demands cash register money, LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy told reporters at a news conference Thursday evening, reports  Eagle Rock Patch.

It is unknown if the gun is real or a prop, however the suspect has "resorted to violence behind the counter,” Murphy remarked, but declined to give additional details because of the ongoing investigation. He did note that the robber typically gets the cash he's after, and that the incidents occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Captured on video surveillance, the suspect is described as:

  • Male
  • 24 to 27-years-old
  • Spanish-speaking, but speaks English without an accent
  • 5 feet 7 inches tall, approx.
  • 135 pounds, approx.
  • Dark hair
  • Dark eyes
  • Possibly light complexioned
  • Wearing a hoodie-type sweater
  • Wearing dark, baggy pants

The incidents occurred between Dec. 9 and Jan. 15. Five of the robberies were fast food establishments (including McDonald’s, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza), one was a sit-down restaurant, and one was a non-food business.

Detectives believe the bandit is operating alone, escaping on foot, and possibly from Hollenbeck or Northeast. The targeted businesses are located between Avenue 26 and Avenue 50 in Highland Park, LAPD Senior Lead Officer Craig Orange told Eagle Rock Patch.

Officials are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect.

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