The suspect in this jewelry store take-over robbery has a very distinctive tattoo of a female skull on his right forearm. The skull is symbolic of Santa Muerte, the patron saint of what the Roman Catholic church in Mexico characterizes as a cult. The followers of Santa Muerte are frequently described as criminals and others living on the fringes of society.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, a hispanic male walked into the Don Roberto's Jewelry store at 6602 Pacific Boulevard in Huntington Park. He appeared to be browsing until he was the only customer left in the store. At that point he pulled a gun and ordered all of the employees, and a customer who came in later, into the back of the store. Then, with the store manager accompanying him, the robber took several high dollar value items from display cases. When he was finished he left the store through a back door that opened onto an alley paralleling Pacific Boulevard. It is unknown if anyone was waiting there to help him escape.
The robber was about 25-30 years old, standing around 6 feel tall and weighing between 170 and 190 pounds on a thin build. He had black hair, brown eyes and a thin beard.
There are several choices for anyone who knows who the robber is. Huntington Park Police Detective Joe Settles is at 323.826.6647. Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS (8477). Information about the robber can be texted on a smart phone to 274637 (CRIMES). On-line tips can be left at lacrimestoppers.org; click on the link to Submit a Tip.