On December 11, 2017, felony charges were filed against a 35-year-old female and a 48-year-old male for their involvement in multiple robberies in Long Beach.
On December 7, 2017, detectives arrested 35-year-old Meleny Ann Rivera and 48-year-old Anthony Montez in the 300 block of West Sepulveda, in the City of San Pedro. Detectives executed a search warrant at the suspects’ residence recovering a pellet gun, a knife and more than 800 articles of clothing.
Between July 27, 2017 through November 20, 2017, an armed robbery took place in the 2000 block of Pacific Avenue, and another robbery in the 900 block of Long Beach Blvd. The preliminary investigation indicated that the suspects, armed with a handgun or a knife, would enter the stores and remove several articles of clothing. As the employees approached the suspects, the suspects pointed a handgun or knife at the clerks, fleeing the locations with the clothing. No employees were injured during the robberies.
Through their investigation, detectives were able to view video footage of the robberies and identified the suspects.
Yesterday, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which filed three counts of robbery against Meleny Ann Rivera and five counts of robbery against Anthony Montez. Rivera is being held at the Long Beach City Jail, on $150,000 bail. Montez is currently being held at the Los Angeles County Jail, on $310,000 bail. Montez also had $30,000 in outstanding warrants for theft related charges.
Both suspects are believed to have committed similar robberies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Robbery Detective Parkhill at (562) 570-5535. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.