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Security personnel immediately recognized the suspect from previous encounters and noted that he was taking a shopping cart while walking inside

Shocking moment Best Buy employee fights thief who threatened him with a knife and pepper spray and stole two cell phones from the Los Angeles store

  • The man – described as 25-35 years old – walked into the electronic store at the 11300 block of West Pico Boulevard on 5 September
  • Security told LAPD officers that he was a problem in the past
  • Images and police reports indicate that the man walked into the store and put various items in a cart before approaching the cell phone counter
  • The suspect steals two telephones before he runs to the exit and before he is attacked by a Best Buy employee
  • The two struggle outside until the suspect waves a knife and some pepper spray, which persuades the employee to flee back to the store
  • LAPD asks for information about the man's arrest
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The Los Angeles police are asking the public for help in identifying a theft suspect who robbed a local Best Buy on Thursday.

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The man – described as being 25-35 years old – walked into the electronic store at approximately 11 p.m. at the 11300 block of West Pico Boulevard, according to a release from the Los Angeles police.

Security personnel immediately recognized the suspect from previous encounters and noted that he was taking a shopping cart while walking inside.

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Security personnel immediately recognized the suspect from previous encounters and noted that he was taking a shopping cart while walking inside

The thief would have walked through the store and placed items in his cart before stealing the phones

The thief would have walked through the store and placed items in his cart before stealing the phones

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The Los Angeles police are looking for a robber who stole two mobile phones from a Best Buy area on 5 September

The thief would have walked through the store and placed items in his cart.

He then approached the mobile phone counter and told the employee that he wanted to buy two phones. The employee put the telephones on the counter, but the suspect grabbed them and put them both in a brown bag.

The man then ran to the exit.

While the man tries to flee the store, he and a Best Buy employee begin to fight

While the man tries to flee the store, he and a Best Buy employee begin to fight

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While the man tries to flee the store, he and a Best Buy employee begin to fight

The two struggled and managed to get out of the Best Buy

The two struggled and managed to get out of the Best Buy

The two struggled and managed to get out of the Best Buy

It is said that another staff member approached the man and tried to prevent him from leaving the store. The two struggled and managed to get out of the Best Buy.

At that moment the man would have pulled out a knife. He also took some pepper spray from his bag and then pointed it at the employee who attacked him.

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The employee would have withdrawn back to the store.

The employee flees back to the store after the suspect waves a knife and pepper spray

The employee flees back to the store after the suspect waves a knife and pepper spray

The employee flees back to the store after the suspect waves a knife and pepper spray

The suspect fled on foot north to Corinth Avenue before coming out of sight of security cameras.

He is described as black braided hair and about 5 feet 7 inches long. The man would weigh 180 pounds and was last seen in a shirt with short sleeves and button fastening with black pants and a black belt.

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It is unknown what type of iPhones the man was able to steal.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact LAPD West Los Angeles Area Detectives at (310) 444-1580.

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