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Suspect in Robberies of 6 Taco Vendors Arrested in Los Angeles

Suspect in Robberies of 6 Taco Vendors Arrested in Los Angeles

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City News Service

City News Service

8/19/2023

Updated: 8/20/2023

LOS ANGELES—A man suspected of being involved in the robberies of six taco vendors in less than a two-hour span has been arrested, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced on Aug. 18.
Stayshawn Stephens was identified as one of the male suspects involved in the crime spree and was arrested on Aug. 17 on suspicion of robbery, police said. Mr. Stephens is being held on $1.3 million bail.
According to police, there were two to four suspects involved in the crimes, described only as men in their mid-20s to early 30s who wore dark clothing.
“During each incident, the suspects approached the victims, displayed a handgun, demanded money and made their escape in a white sedan,” police said.
The robberies occurred between 9:40 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hollywood, the Westlake district, Echo Park and downtown Los Angeles, according to the police department.
The robberies occurred in the 5900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard and the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, in the 300 block of South Bixel Street and the 600 block of South Union Avenue in the Westlake district, in the 1500 block of North Alvarado Street in Echo Park, and in the 900 block of South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.
It was not known if the suspects were involved in other recent similar crimes.
Anyone with information on the robberies was urged to call the police department Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-486-6833 or 213-486-6840. Tipsters may also call 877-LAPD-247 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS; or use the website.
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