Police arrested one man already on parole for robbery and sought a second after they robbed a man and woman of their bicycles while wielding a hammer in Pasadena on Friday night, authorities said.
The crime unfolded just after 9 p.m. outside of a Target store at 777 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Burgess said.
The victims, a Duarte man and a Monrovia woman in their late-20s, exited the store and saw two men stealing their bicycles, he said. One of the men was using a hammer to break the bikes’ locks.
When the male victim approached, one of the men swung the hammer at him, but missed, according to the lieutenant. Both suspects then rode away on the stolen bicycles.
But a short time later, a police officer spotted a bike matching the description of one of the freshly stolen ones mounted to the front of a Metro bus driving through town, Burgess said. A man ran from the bus as officers approached and was ultimately apprehended.
Joshua Ante, 27, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of robbery, according to police. He was believed to be the suspect who swung the hammer at the victim.
Ante, who was already on parole for a prior robbery conviction, was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, according to police and booking records.
The suspect who remained at large was described as a man in his 20s, wearing dark pants and a white shirt, police said.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.