LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police released surveillance video Monday showing a mugger choking a blind woman before running off with her jewelry during a brazen attack in downtown Los Angeles.

The robbery took place at around 12:00 p.m. on July 24 on First Street in Little Tokyo.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta Reports

The 68-year-old woman was pushing a walker when a man wearing a white shirt and ball cap snuck up from behind and grabbed her around the throat.

The man ran off with the victim’s gold chain and jade pendant, worth about $100.

“This is shocking to watch, especially when you consider this woman is legally blind,” said Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon.

Anyone knowing more about the crime was urged to call police detectives at (213) 972-1251, or Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Comments (12)
  1. CAN says:

    Where were the people to help her and catch the thief? Hope she’s OK and he’ll be caught.

  2. alan hart says:

    Now you see why average citizens should be armed! One guy with a gun could have ended this immediately and possibly forever. If criminals know that no one is armed, they can do as they please.

  3. Really says:

    What a low-down, dirty piece of trash.

  4. ray says:

    1st street at noon? There’s alot of businesses and office bldgs going to lunch NOT to mention the freaking LAPD headquarters down the street. Way to go LAPD, can’t even protect a old lady next door to your stupid art deco building.

  5. Dwarf says:

    Was he Black, White, Latino. ? What are they looking for for Gods sakes !!

    1. Duh! says:

      Why don’t you watch the video?

  6. bigjim says:

    Please tell me again why LA needs an NFL stadium downtown. So more people can be mugged?

  7. bill burns says:

    Coloreds raping, pillaging, and rioting all over the city in Pittsburgh. Tim Stevens, local NAACP prez, says all colored boys have corrupted DNA. Whitey is to blame.

  8. PAYAZA818 says:


  9. PAYAZA818 says:

    lapd DONT DO NADA

  10. Jaime Centeno Jr says:

    your video link is not working, the Acura TL commercial keeps repeating itself!

  11. observer01 says:

    They forgot to mentioned the guy is Black. You can tell from the way he walk, his body type and his manner that he is Black, even if it is not clear on the Video.

    And most likely he is one of the criminals released from twin tower jail that hang around Skid Row and just migrated over to 1st street.

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