LOS ANGELES—Police sought the public’s help Nov. 6 in identifying three suspects in an attempted armed robbery in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, in which the victim fought back with some gunfire of his own.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), two suspects approached a male victim who was standing in front of his residence in the 400 block of Plymouth Blvd. at about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. One of the suspects, armed with an unspecified handgun, demanded property from the victim, prompting him to arm himself moments before shooting at the suspect in retaliation, police said.
The suspect allegedly returned fire before fleeing in a dark colored sedan driven by a third suspect, while the second suspect involved in the attempted robbery fled on foot in an unknown location.
Police said the victim was not injured, and it was unclear if the gunshots fired by the victim injured either of the two suspects. Detectives described the armed suspect as a 5-foot, 10-inch tall man wearing a black ski mask, a black shirt and black pants.
The second suspect was identified as a 5-foot, 9-inch tall man wearing a mask and a gray hoodie with a blue stripe from shoulder to arm.
There was no description of the third suspect, who was the driver. Detectives released a surveillance video that shows the victim shooting at his attacker in hopes of identifying the suspects.
Anyone with information about the attempted robbery or the identity of the suspects was urged to contact LAPD Olympic Division detectives at 213-382-9316. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.