South LA taco stand robberies under investigation

Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department were working to determine whether a series of taco stand robberies in South Los Angeles were connected.  

LAPD officials said the two robberies occurred about a mile from one another and within the same hour.

One of the robberies occurred at the intersection of 92nd Street and Central Avenue in South LA’s Green Meadows neighborhood around 1 a.m. Friday.

The taco stand workers said the suspects walked up and one of them pulled out a handgun and demanded cash. They said the suspect proceeded to point the gun at customers before they took off with an estimated $1,000 in cash.

Employees at another taco stand at 103rd Street and Compton Avenue in Watts reported a robbery and the suspects matched a similar description. They were also held up at gunpoint and the suspects got away with a cash box with about $700 in it.

The suspects were last seen running westbound on 103rd Street.

Earlier this week, a third taco stand about five minutes from the Watts location was robbed.  However, the suspect in that case had a different description.

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Authorities said no injuries were reported and no shots were fired in the incidents. Still, customers are still alarmed by the recent crime trend.

"It's obviously scary," said Michael, a customer at one of the South LA taco stands. "If you know anything, please report. [The suspect] is keeping everybody in the house."