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Los Angeles Police Seeking Public’s Help in Chinatown Robbery Investigation

Los Angeles Police Seeking Public’s Help in Chinatown Robbery Investigation

Property at 800 block of North Broadway at Chinatown in Los Angeles. (Google Maps/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

City News Service

City News Service

10/19/2023

Updated: 10/19/2023

LOS ANGELES—Detectives Oct. 18 urged people to contact them with any information about other crimes possibly committed by a man arrested in the September robbery of a Chinatown-area business in which surveillance video showed the suspect repeatedly assaulting a female store employee who tried to intervene.
Courtland Thornton, 31, was arrested Wednesday in Hawthorne, where he attempted to hide in a backyard to elude officers, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). According to jail records, Thornton is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Mr. Thornton is suspected in a robbery that occurred just before noon Sept. 14 in the 800 block of North Broadway near North Spring Street, authorities said.
Surveillance footage captured the suspect going into the business, shoving the female employee to the ground, then removing property from behind the counter. When the employee tried to stop the man, he assaulted her again and shoved her to the floor before fleeing. Police said the woman had to be hospitalized for her injuries.
Detectives from the LAPD’s Central Area Robbery Division are investigating whether the suspect might have been involved in other robberies.
The plea for the public’s help was made at a news conference Wednesday morning at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Los Angeles.
Anyone with additional information was asked to call Det. Huy Nguyen of Central Area Robbery at 213-996-1875. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or tips can be sent via website.
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