On May 29, 2014, multiple felony charges were filed against two Long Beach residents for their involvement in several street robberies in the Cities of Long Beach and Lakewood.
Between March 26, 2014, and April 18, 2014, four street robberies occurred in Long Beach. The suspects drove around approaching unsuspecting victims demanding their personal property at gunpoint. The suspects drove two different vehicles to commit these crimes: a compact, four door, black, older model American made vehicle and a compact, two door, grey, older model American made vehicle. The loss on these robberies consisted of cash and cell phones.
Long Beach Robbery Detectives noticed a pattern and reached out to surrounding agencies to determine if the pattern extended beyond the borders of Long Beach. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department indicated they also had a report of a similar robbery in the City of Lakewood and the two agencies connected the crimes.
Long Beach Detectives worked collaboratively with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detectives to identify the suspects responsible. On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Long Beach Detectives arrested 19-year-old Travion Holmes and 21-year-old Orlando Howard.
Yesterday, May 29, 2014, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Holmes was charged with one count of armed robbery with a gang enhancement. Howard was charged with four counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted robbery, and fraudulent use of a bankcard, with a gang enhancement. Both suspects are currently being held at the Los Angeles County Jail, each with a bail amount of $200,000.
Detectives have reason to believe there may be additional robbery victims by these suspects that have yet to come forward.
If anyone has been a victim of robbery under similar circumstances or if anyone has additional information that could aid detectives in the investigation, they are encouraged to call Long Beach Police Robbery Detectives Mark Steenhausen and Rudy Romero at (562) 570-7464. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org