VAN NUYS (CBSLA) — Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who attacked a Van Nuys dentist while trying to rob a dental office.
Video of the robbery on Aug. 30 was released Tuesday in an effort to identify the man who tried to rob a dentist office near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way.READ MORE: Staples At Full Capacity For First Time Since March Of 2020 As Clippers Make History
That morning, Los Angeles police officials say the suspect got into the dentist office – which was still closed – through an open door, and put on a lab coat, a surgical mask, protective eyewear and latex gloves and began to steal things. The office manager arrived to find the suspect in the office, and was forced into a rear office.
When the dentist arrived soon after and went into the dental examination room, the suspect armed himself with a sharp dental tool to confront him. Police say as the suspect attacked the dentist, more employees arriving for work heard the struggle and saw what was happening.READ MORE: Digital Version Of COVID Vaccine Card Now Available To All Californians
The suspect was last seen running away.
The dentist sustained minor injuries from the sharp tool and refused treatment.
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic, between 27 and 33 years old, with short dark hair. He is 5-foot-8 with a medium build.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Mother, Daughters Working At San Bernardino Taco Stand Attacked
Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect’s identity can contact Van Nuys Robbery Detective Cheun at (818) 374-0081.