A video of a brazen daytime robbery in California is making the rounds on social media, sparking debate about the danger of the state’s liberal policies.
The newly released video, filmed on May 24 at a Los Angeles restaurant, shows two men entering and pretending to be customers before approaching two diners. The armed men force the restaurant’s only customers to turn over all items of value, pulling one man’s watch and rings from his person.
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One of the suspects has been arrested using DNA and video evidence, according to Los Angeles Police Department investigators, according to KTVU.
Eric Watt, 31, of Oakland, was also connected to a spate of robberies across the state, including a Melrose Avenue incident that preempted an officer-involved shooting.
According to the LAPD, a warrant was issued for Watt’s arrest in June of 2021 but he perpetrated multiple violent acts before being apprehended.
Watt was taken into custody on September 7 without incident and charged with six counts of robbery for crimes taking place in the Los Angeles area.
Watt’s crimes appear to extend well beyond those allegedly perpetrated in Southern California, he has also been identified as a suspect in several robberies in Northern California with charges pending.
LAPD officials released an accounting of the crimes Watt allegedly perpetrated in their coverage area, as reported by KTVU:
On July 14, two armed suspects entered a business on the 7800 block of Melrose Avenue and demanded the victim’s jewelry. After a brief altercation, they left the store with the stolen items but were engaged by police, resulting in an officer-involved shooting. A handgun was recovered from the scene.
On July 5, two armed suspects stole $70,000 worth of jewelry and a handbag from victims at a jewelry store on the 7300 block of Melrose Avenue.
On May 24, Watt allegedly perpetrated the theft in the video, where he and an accomplice stole money, jewelry and car keys, fleeing the scene in the victim’s white Lexus.
On May 22, two armed suspects blocked a victim with their vehicle on the 5500 block of West Pico Boulevard, stealing $500 and car keys. The victim was able to escape on foot and call the police.
On May 21, two armed suspects approached a man on the 5100 block of West Washington Boulevard, demanding his watch, cell phone, wallet and car keys. The assailants got away with $31,000 in property.
Police are still searching for the second suspect and ask that anyone with information contact LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives Emily Delph and Angel Gomez at 213-486-6840 or anonymously through LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
Maybe good people should just start randomly robbing bad guys now🤔…it looks like it's basically a free-for-all at this point anyway. See how they like it.
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