LOS ANGELES, CA – A couple that was out with their 2-year-old child was said to have been violently robbed in downtown Los Angeles earlier in February, with the father being both shot and pistol whipped by one of the four suspects allegedly involved.
LAPD releases video of downtown robbery that injured man out with his family https://t.co/UGOtlrLuTQ
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 6, 2021
According to law enforcement officials, the incident transpired at approximately 3:05 p.m. on February 4th nearby 7th St and Hill street.
The victims in this case were reportedly out shopping with their toddler when a Gray Chrysler 300 pulled up beside them on the sidewalk and two individuals jumped out of the car – pointing guns at the family and violently robbing them of their property.
During this encounter, which nearby surveillance cameras picked up some of what transpired during the robbery, the 26-year-old father was reportedly shot in the arm and pistol whipped in the head.
Officials within the Los Angeles Police Department say that the 28-year-old mother, “ran to safety with her son and was not harmed.”
— HopClear (@HopClear) February 6, 2021
The portion of the incident that was caught on video shows the father tussling with two of the suspects involved, with one of the suspects eventually shoving the victim off to the side and both of the individuals jumping back into the Chrysler and fleeing the area – nearly hitting pedestrians in the process.
Police say the suspects were described as three men, all appearing to be in their 20s, and a female driver.
As for the suspects’ vehicle, police say that it was hosting a dealership paper license plate reading “KEYES”.
The father in this case was reportedly transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. There are currently no details on the status of his sustained wounds.
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking that anyone with information on this case, or information on the suspect involved, to please call Officer Garcia at 213-952-6985 or Detective Gonzalez at 213-996-1875.
This is a developing investigation.
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Speaking of robbery cases and California, San Francisco’s DA is currently under scrutiny due to a man he didn’t charge in a robbery case wound up being arrested for murdering his mother just weeks later.
Here’s that previous report.
SACRAMENTO, CA– A man who has been accused of fatally shooting his mother in Sacramento was reportedly arrested and booked in a strong-arm robbery case weeks earlier in San Francisco. However, the district attorney did not charge him.
— sGt_Helper (@__lacycle__) January 26, 2021
According to reports, records show that instead of charging the suspect, 42-year-old Ali Mustafa Hudson for allegedly stealing a phone from a passenger on a Muni Bus on December 20, 2020, District Attorney Chesa Boudin had him transported to Solano County.
In Solano County, Hudson already had a $5,000 misdemeanor warrant for drug possession and driving without a valid driver’s license. Authorities in Solano County were not immediately able to confirm the date Hudson was released, but under COVID-19 emergency orders, counties generally do not hold people on misdemeanor warrants.
According to records, on January 19th, Sacramento sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a domestic dispute at an apartment complex on the 5400 block of Auburn Blvd. Authorities said that Hudson shot and killed Ramona Hayes, a woman described by law enforcement officials as his mother.
Man accused of killing mother in Sacramento was arrested weeks before in an S.F. robbery but D.A. Chesa Boudin did not charge him [San Francisco Chronicle] https://t.co/ducPfivT9t
— Daily Republic News (@AllDailyRepNews) January 26, 2021
Deputies spotted Hudson on a balcony and he reportedly began shooting at them. Deputies returned fire and wounded him.
On Friday, January 22nd, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert charged Hudson with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of felony attempted murder of sheriff deputies, and one count of felony false imprisonment.
In addition, a complaint filed by prosecutor Rod Norgaard alleges one strike for an attempted armed robbery back in 1996. Had DA Boudin charged Hudson for the robbery in San Francisco, it is unclear whether that action would have kept him incarcerated.
In a statement released through a spokeswoman, DA Boudin expressed his condolences to the victim’s family. He added that the December robbery “was not provable or chargeable.” He said:
“In that incident, two people sleeping on a bus argued over a phone that one of them had dropped. The complaining witness said that Mr. Hudson slapped his phone out of his hand, which the bus driver did not see.”
“Mr. Hudson approached responding police on his own, told them the phone was his, and turned it over to them.”
— Scott Lucas (@scottlucas) January 12, 2021
According to the arrest report by Officer Amanda Tweedy, the robbery victim had dozed off in the back of a bus in the Bayview District, but woke up to find his phone on the floor. A man, later identified as Hudson, claimed the phone was his and slapped it out of the victim’s hand when the victim tried to pick it up.
The report also said that Hudson began rummaging through the victim’s bags and throwing his possession, saying “What else is mine?” A second officer spotted Hudson on Middle Point Road, where the robbery suspect stepped in the street, flagged the officer down, and began recounting how his phone fell from his belongings.
He did not remember the phone number and while he was talking, the officer noticed four phones in Hudson’s hands. The victim later identified Hudson, which prompted officers to arrest and book him on suspicion of robbery.
Some officials have criticized Boudin’s decision not to charge Hudson. Career prosecutor Nancy Tung, who ran unsuccessfully against Boudin in 2019, said the district attorney had not only failed to protect a crime victim in San Francisco, but also released “someone violent” to another jurisdiction.
Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, called Boudin a “repeat offender when it comes to releasing criminals with violent rap sheets.”
Allegedly, Boudin is under fire for his handling of Troy McAlister, the parolee who was arrested several times, but not charged in the months before he struck and killed two women pedestrians while driving a stolen car on New Year’s Eve.
Court documents also show that Hudson had a criminal history before the robbery arrest in December. In 2018, he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in Sacramento for injuring his ex-wife and causing a traumatic condition.
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