FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED; CHARGES FILED
On October 13, 2015, felony charges were filed against a 30-year-old Long Beach man in connection with two commercial robberies.
On September 13, 2015, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at a gas station in the 1700 block of Long Beach Blvd. The preliminary investigation revealed that a suspect entered the business and retrieved several beverages. The suspect did not make any attempt to purchase the items and when confronted by the store employee, the employee was assaulted and the suspect fled with the loss. Fortunately the victim was not injured.
During the investigation, Robbery detectives discovered the same suspect may have committed another robbery on September 15, 2015.
On September 15, 2015, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at a donut shop in the 1600 block of East 7th Street. The investigation revealed the suspect entered the business and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk was afraid the suspect may harm her and immediately ran out of the business. The suspect subsequently removed money and other items from the business and fled the location.
On Thursday, October 8, 2015, residents who had knowledge of who had committed one of the robberies spotted the suspect in the area of 7th Street and Gardenia Avenue and called police. Officers responded to the area and arrested the suspect without incident.
He has been identified as 30-year-old Adriean Johnson of Long Beach. Detectives learned Johnson was currently on probation for burglary and a gang-member. Detectives located evidence related to the robberies at Johnson’s residence.
The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review and on October 13th, defendant Johnson was charged with two counts of Robbery. His arraignment was held on the same day and his bail was set at $200,000.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call L.B.P.D. Robbery Detectives Mark Steenhausen and Benjamin Vargas at (562) 570-7464. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-22-TIPS (8477) or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.