Department of Public Safety and LAPD officials arrested a suspect in connection with three recent armed robberies Wednesday near the 1200 block of 29th Street, DPS said.The suspect, Anthony Paul Hood, was spotted by the DPS Special Problems Unit, which was patrolling the area because there was suspicion a drug deal was taking place. Because Hood matched the suspect description provided by the victims of the three robberies, the officers of the Special Problems Unit and LAPD officers assigned to the USC area detained him, and a subsequent investigation led to his arrest at approximately 7:30 p.m.“Our Special Problems Unit was patrolling in the North University Park Area and they observed a suspect matching the description of a suspect in three robberies get in a vehicle near a house where we suspect drug dealing was going on,” DPS Capt. David Carlisle said. “DPS officers detained that suspect along with the LAPD unit that is assigned to USC.”During the follow-up investigation, the laptop of a student who was robbed June 7 near the 1200 block of 27th Street was recovered. Later, the student positively identified Hood as the man who robbed him, Carlisle said. Officers also recovered a BB gun.In addition to the June 7 robbery, Carlisle said officials also believe Hood was responsible for robberies on June 2 and 3. The June 2 robbery took place at the 2700 block of Ellendale, while the June 3 robbery occurred at 1120 W. 27th St. In all three instances a weapon was displayed.According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Inmate Locator, Hood was booked at the LAPD Southwest Station early Thursday morning, and is being held on $100,000 bail.
A weekly paper’s role is clear. It must be a part of its community. Not just a reflection of it, but right into its roots. You may not be able to please everyone, but we have a diverse and rich Two River area and this paper tries hard to help make it even better.Hence our new Pedestrian and Cyclist task force that addresses the issues of crosswalks, the lack of cyclist paths and speeding traffic through the Greater Red Bank area. The Two River Times is coordinating the initiative as an editorial campaign to improve safety first in Red Bank and then in the entire Two River area.We’ve brought together government officials at the borough, county and state level, as well as representatives of schools, and major stakeholders in the community like Meridian and RiverCenter.You can’t build Rome in a day, so we’ve begun by focusing on several areas of Red Bank that are dangerous first, will advance through Red Bank and then broaden out to the Two River area. It will involve rotating legislators, local officials and stakeholders in our monthly meetings as they progress but the same county officials will be at the table throughout the initiative, as will The Two River Times. We are not excluding anyone in our coverage area and I want to assure you of that.Red Bank is very much an epicenter for vibrant cultural events, the restaurants and the business district as well as its burgeoning population so we thought that was a good place to start. But there are safety issues throughout our region, and many towns have the same positives and negatives of Red Bank on a bit of a smaller scale but their issues are just as important and we’ll tackle them all. We’ve only just begun.And we will hold ourselves and the officials and stakeholders accountable. We will run a monthly checklist of what the initiatives are and then we will track how we’re all doing. We will always tell you what’s next up on the agenda, and that may change with your input. We want to hear from you about this issue. It involves our children, our elderly and everyone who walks or cycles. We think it’s a pretty important issue. We want to hear your thoughts about dangerous places to drive, cross, cycle. We want to hear about your complaints, your ideas, your solutions.And be clear, this won’t be the only issue we address as we try to improve our Two River community. We want to follow our environment and make sure our waters and beaches are protected and the air we breathe is clean. We want to make sure our children our doing well and that our business districts flourish. We want strong hospitals and caring health services. And we want people to understand that when they donate to causes, it makes a difference in the entire community. The health of a society is built on community commitment, individual commitment. We’ve made ours and we hope you join us by advancing your ideas and concerns and help guide us to solutions.We’re listening. And we care, a lot.Let’s have coffee.Jody CalendarExecutive Editor/[email protected]