Long Beach
Police Department

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Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
4/20/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2017
Subject:
ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED; CHARGES FILED
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On April 20, 2017, felony charges were filed against a 39-year-old man in connection with a robbery to a female motorist.

On April 13, 2017, at approx. 4:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of East Anaheim Street regarding a two-vehicle traffic collision, involving one male driver, and one female driver. While speaking to one another to exchange information, the male driver suddenly punched the female driver in the face, causing her to fall to the pavement. The suspect then grabbed the female’s purse, forcibly taking it from her. As the suspect got back in his vehicle to flee, he struck the vehicle belonging to the female’s husband, who had arrived at the scene to assist her.

Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and transported the 37-year-old female victim to a local hospital with serious injuries she sustained to her face from the assault.

Through their investigation, detectives located video from nearby businesses and were able to identify the suspect. On April 18, 2017, detectives arrested 39-year-old Rodrick Charles Smith of Duarte, at his place of employment in the City of San Clemente.

Today, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which filed one count of robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon against Smith. Based on his prior record, his bail has been set at $1.16 million, which also includes an enhancement for the great body injury he inflicted upon the female driver. He will be held at the L.A. County Men’s Central Jail until his next court appearance.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call L.B.P.D. Robbery Detectives Nancy Mora or Don Collier at (562) 570-5537. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.