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Strong-arm cell phone robber attacks students on Cal Poly Pomona campus

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Cal Poly University Police

Police are looking for a face-punching cell phone thief who has attacked at least two students on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

In both cases -- one on April 30 and the other on May 3 -- the guy was a real jerk: First he walks up to a student, asks to borrow their cell phone, then punches them in the face. Then he runs away.

University police released a composite sketch of the suspect this week, and describe him as a thin white man in his early 20s, 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, with spiky blond hair and acne scars on his face.

The man also may be responsible for a third incident in November of last year, police say.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call university police at (909) 869-3070. Anonymous tips may be made by calling (909) 869-3399.

Meanwhile, Cal Poly students in San Luis Obispo, where the main campus is, are being attacked by a literal turkey.


FBI helps hunt for pipe-bomb bank robber in Seal Beach

Seal Beach Police Department

Authorities in Seal Beach are looking for the man shown in this video surveillance footage.

FBI agents announced they are joining the search for a man who robbed a bank in Seal Beach while apparently wielding a pipe bomb.

The robbery occurred last Friday afternoon at about 3:40 p.m. at U.S. Bank, located in the Leisure World Shopping Center. According to the Seal Beach Police Department, the robber first displayed a handgun to bank employees, then placed what he said was a pipe bomb down on a desk. He then demanded cash, and authorities say he fled with an undisclosed amount.

The robber is described as a white man between 25 and 35 years old, with a thin build and wearing a beige cap and plaid shirt. Anyone with information is urged to contact Seal Beach police Detective Gary Krogman at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1108 or