HAWTHORNE CA A security officer faced off with masked gunmen, firing a shot and foiling a robbery in a crowded Hawthorne convenience store, police said Tuesday.
Videotape surveillance shows the men's outstretched arms with guns pointing at each other during the Sunday evening crime.
"It is a pretty brazen robbery," Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain said. "It looks like at least seven people are in the store."
Police plan to investigate whether there is any connection between the crime at the 7-Eleven at 3300 W. 135th St. and a holdup involving masked robbers at a Radio Shack in Torrance last week, Swain said.
The robbery attempt in Hawthorne began at 10:35 p.m. Sunday when two men barged inside the store. One walked up to the counter, stood between two customers, and pulled a large-framed silver revolver handgun on a clerk.
"This suspect pointed the revolver toward the front counter and also waved it around at the many customers in the store while demanding that everybody get down on the ground," Swain said.
A second robber then jumped the counter where the store employees were working.
Neither man appeared to notice the armed security guard positioned just inside the store's entrance, Swain said.
The guard, Swain said, pulled his gun, yelling "freeze" and "don't move" at the first robber.
"The security guard, fearing that Suspect No. 1 may shoot a cashier, patron, or himself, fired one round at the suspect, but missed," Swain said. "Suspect No. 1 then turned his attention away from the cashier and aimed his weapon directly at the security guard but fortunately did not fire."
Both robbers then ran from the store, heading south on Lemoli Avenue.
No one in the store was hurt during the crime.
Witnesses described the first robber as black, 21 to 28 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall, 180 to 210 pounds.
He wore a black short-sleeved T-shirt, black or gray-colored pants, and a dark bandana over his face.
The second robber was black, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall, 200 pounds. He wore a long-sleeved black shirt, dark-colored jeans, and a black bandana over his face.
There were no injuries to any customers or employees during the attempted robbery.
Hawthorne police asked anyone with information about the crime to call Detective Paul Vu at 310-349-2851.
2 SECURITY OFFICERS SHOT-2 OTHERS STABBED
SEATTLE WA Police say there was no apparent reason for a man to stab a security guard Tuesday morning at a downtown Seattle Bank of America branch.
Police say the man had inquired about opening an account. He told the teller he would return later to complete the paperwork. As he walked out he stabbed the guard twice in the abdomen without warning.
The 30-year-old guard was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with wounds described as non-life-threatening.
The attacker fled and has been captured.
Police have not released his name yet.
STOCKTON, CA - A security guard who was patrolling a shopping center in Stockton was attacked and injured by a man equipped with a bolt cutter.
The Stockton Police Department said that the 29-year-old security guard observed some suspicious activity Monday night on the 1600 E. March Lane when he saw a man near propane tanks before the assault.
The guard approached the man when he was seen attempting to cut the lock off to access the propane tanks with the bolt cutters, police said.
As he neared him, the guard grabbed the man to pull him away from the tanks. The man then swung the bolt cutters at the guard, striking his right shoulder, police said.
After the attack, the man ran away and was chased by the guard. He is still at large, police said.
BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in locating two men wanted on robbery, attempted murder and conspiracy charges.
At about 11:25 p.m. Sunday, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department were sent to the FoodsCo Supermarket at 1801 White Lane, regarding a security officer being shot.
The guard said he saw two men enter the supermarket and flee with two 36-packs of beer without paying.
The man followed the two men outside toward their waiting vehicle.
A third person got out of the vehicle and fired several shots at the security guard striking him once. The vehicle and people then left.
The suspects are described as three Hispanic males in their 20s in a dark-colored possible 90s Honda Civic Hatchback or similar vehicle.
The men are considered armed and dangerous.
The security officer is currently listed in stable condition.
The investigation is continuing and all attempts are being made to locate the suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327- 7111.
SEATTLE WA A security officer at a Ballard Safeway store was stabbed in the ear with a knife late Saturday while attempting to detain a shoplifter, according to Seattle police.
At 11:57 p.m., the security officer confronted a shoplifting suspect at the Safeway at 14th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market Street, police said.
The officer was stabbed in the ear as he attempted to keep the suspect in the store. Police arrested the suspect about four blocks away; the man was booked into the King County Jail.
Seattle police did not release details about the seriousness of the security officer's injuries.
NEWARK NJ A security officer investigating loiters at an apartment complex was shot.
According to police, a confrontation between the guard and several people who did not live on the property occurred and one man pulled a gun and shot the security officer.
Police are still looking for the men involved. There is no word on the condition of the security officer.
BOCA RATON, Fla. It was just after 3 a.m. on Friday, when police said the 20-year-old Boca Raton resident jumped into the cab of a golf cart driven by 29-year-old Kervens Dorsonne, a security guard with Vistazo At Boca Raton Community Association, Inc. in the 3700 block of Northwest Fifth Terrace.
Michael Bell assaulted the security officer and then knocked Dorsonne out of the cart and took off into the night, driving the cart for a short time before jumping out.
Dorsonne apparently gave chase and took the key out of the ignition after the cart stopped. The guard then called police.
Almost as soon as Dorsonne hung up the phone, police said Bell walked to the cart again and jumped into the driver's seat. But he couldn't start the cart without a key.
When police tried to handcuff Bell, he fought back until police were able to restrain him. Police then booked Bell in the Palm Beach County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Bell stands charged of robbery without a firearm and carjacking, a felony offense.