No Bail For Suspect In Koreatown Robberies

40-year-old accused of sneaking into parking garages

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 40-year-old man was arrested in a series of strong-arm robberies in apartment building parking structures and businesses in Koreatown, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.

Sammy Johnson is locked up without bail, pending arraignment on multiple robbery charges, police said.

Police said Johnson, who was found with a wig and a cap, may have been working with an unidentified partner. He is suspected of waiting for people to drive into apartment building parking garages and sneaking through the gate behind them.

It was unclear if an actual gun was used, but victims told police the robber simulated a gun Johnson was caught driving away from a Dec. 16 robbery about 12:10 a.m. in the 400 block of Western Avenue, police said.

Most, if not all, of the victims were of Korean descent, police said.

In the silver-colored 1999 Dodge Intrepid he was driving, police said they found an apparent disguise that may have been used in two restaurant robberies on Olympic Boulevard.

Anyone with more information about the crimes was asked to call detectives at (213) 382-9463.

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  1. Perry Yoshida says:

    What is the race of the criminal? Was Sammy Johnson Korean too since Koreans was the only race mentioned.

  2. James says:

    Well, judging from his name, he probably comes from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan.

  3. JAY says:

    IM GLAD SOMEONE WAS CAUGHT, STUPID IDIOTS NEVER GIVE UP UNTIL THEYRE CAUGHT. HEY JUDGE COULD YOU GIVE THIS IDIOT LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE PLEASE AND THANK YOU IN ADVANCE JUDGE….. AND SERIOUSLY HOW FAR CAN YOU GO IN A DODGE INTREPID, SERIOUSLY THATS THE GETAWAY CAR

  4. Joseph Catrama says:

    Booking No.: 2579725 Last Name: JOHNSON First Name: SAMMYE Middle Name: DEMONE

    Sex: M Race: B Date Of Birth: 04/26/1970 Age: 40 Hair: BLK Eyes: BRO Height: 510 Weight: 170

    Charge Level: F (Felony)

    ARREST
    Arrest Date: 12/16/2010 Arrest Time: 0020 Arrest Agency: 4220 Agency Description: LAPD-CENTRAL BUREAU

    Date Booked: 12/16/2010 Time Booked: 0616 Booking Location: 4273 Location Description: LAPD – JAIL DIVISION

    BAIL
    Total Bail Amount: 1,200,000.00 Total Hold Bail Amount: NO BAIL Grand Total: NO BAIL

    HOUSING LOCATION
    Housing Location: TTCF

    Permanent Housing Assigned Date: 12/22/2010 Assigned Time: 1422 Visitor Status: 0

    Facility: TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
    Address: 450 BAUCHET STREET City: LOS ANGELES

    Public Visiting Guidelines Facility Visiting Schedule

    For County facility visiting hours, Please call (213) 473-6080 at Inmate Information Center.

    COURT
    Next Court Code: M31 Next Court Date: 01/03/2011 Next Court Time: 0830 Next Court Case: BA37926101

    Court Name: LOS ANGELES MUNI CT DIV 31
    Court Address: Court City:

    RELEASE
    No Information On Release Date.

    HOLD
    Hold Agency: DCL Agency Name: CALIF. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS Case No.: F92360 Number Of Hold: 1

    CASE INFORMATION
    Case No. Court Name Court Address Court City Bail Amt. Fine Amt. Court Date Sent. Date Sent. Day(s) Disp Code
    BA37926101 1,200,000.00 .00 01/03/2011 0

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