Los Angeles Police Department has shared footage of an assault that took place last month in which two suspects wrestle a man to the ground before robbing him of his Rolex watch and fleeing.
Robbery detectives from the LAPD’s Wilshire Area are asking the public for help in identifying the suspects while jewelers and watch traders are being told to be extra vigilant for people offering Rolex watches for sale.
The footage, from January 30 at around 4pm, shows two suspects approaching the victim on North Vista Street after he shopped in nearby stores.
They assaulted the victim and took his property, including a Rolex watch he was wearing before fleeing in a white compact car.
LAPD say that, since January 30, shopping and dining areas along the Melrose corridor in Mid-City Los Angeles have experienced an increase in armed robberies.
Many of these robberies are taking place during daytime hours and appear to be targeting people wearing high-end jewelry, specifically Rolex watches.
The suspects are described by LAPD as black males between the ages of 20 and 30 years of age.
They’ve used multiple types of vehicles and appear to follow victims from restaurants and stores in the area.
In most instances, the suspects wait for victims to walk to their vehicles and reach an isolated area before they attack them at gunpoint.
Since January 30, Wilshire Area has had seven robberies involving Rolex watches.