A suspect was arrested in connection with two armed robberies just a few hours after they occurred early Saturday morning, UCLA police said, and their ongoing investigation is following a number of significant leads.
The first crime occurred about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 near the intersection of Midvale and Landfair avenues in the North Village area of Westwood, immediately west of campus. The second occurred about 3:45 a.m. a few blocks away on campus, on Charles E. Young Drive West north of Strathmore Avenue.
In both cases, students walking alone were confronted with a handgun and demands for their personal property.
A license plate number provided by one of the victims who saw a light-colored Toyota coupe fleeing the scene prompted UCLA police detectives to seek and obtain a search warrant. The vehicle's owner was arrested shortly after at his home, and a cell phone stolen from one of the students was recovered.
UCLA police recommend that members of the campus community avoid walking alone, especially late at night; stay aware of their surroundings; and avoid distractions such as music played through earphones. If confronted by a robber, police recommend that individuals comply with demands for property, obtain a detailed description and contact campus police at 310-825-1491 as soon as it is safe to do so.