Good Samaritan Aids Mugged Victim, Helps Police Capture Suspect

Published : Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 3:09 PM

Pasadena police officers arrested a 21-year-old man from Alhambra as a suspect in a mugging incident in which an Arcadia resident was reportedly attacked from behind and robbed of an undetermined amount of money he just withdrew from an ATM Tuesday night.

Lt. Max Dahlstein said the victim, a 55-year-old man, had just withdrawn money from a Bank of America ATM at 880 E. Colorado Blvd. at about 8:56 p.m. when the suspect approached and hit him with a blunt object in the head.

The victim was knocked unconscious, and the suspect took his money, which was about “a few hundred dollars,” according to Dahlstein..

A passerby saw what happened, came to the victim’s aid, and called police. The passerby also gave a description of the suspect when officers arrived.

The officers set up a containment around the area and with help from a police helicopter found the suspect hiding in the bushes in the 100 block of South Mentor Avenue. He was arrested, and the stolen money was recovered from him.

Police later identified the suspect as Lamar Smith, who was booked for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

The victim was transported to a local hospital due to a laceration to his head but has since been released, Dahlstein said.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241, or you may report information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477); by using your smartphone to download the P3 Tips mobile app on Google Play or the Apple App Store; or by using the website







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