SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Police are looking for three men who forced their way into a taco truck in South Los Angeles and pistol-whipped an employee during a robbery last month.

(Los Angeles Police Department)

The robbery occurred at 3:10 a.m. on July 14 in the 1300 block of West Manchester Avenue, according to Los Angeles police.

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Surveillance video released by police Wednesday show the suspects entering the Tacos El Gallazo truck and holding two male workers at gunpoint.

After the suspects tried unsuccessfully to open a safe that was on the truck, they demanded cell phones and cash from the workers, police said.

The video shows one of the suspects then pistol-whipping a worker in the head before the men fled on foot.

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Following the attack, the two workers returned to work. They chose not to speak to CBS2 Thursday, as they were afraid for their safety.

The man who was pistol-whipped ended up requiring stitches.


Two of the suspects were described as black and the third was Hispanic. All three were in their mid-20s, police said.

A worker at a nearby taco truck told CBS2 that his truck had also been robbed. Luis Martinez said he and his co-worker are always aware of their surroundings and have also installed cameras on their truck.

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Anyone with information on their identities should call detectives at the 77th Street Station at (323)786-5422.