LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man’s gold necklace was taken at gunpoint as he walked with his girlfriend on Melrose, the latest in a string of armed robberies in the area.
Monday’s incident happened at 1:40 p.m. in the 7600 block of Melrose, not far from Fairfax High School. The man was walking with his girlfriend after they ate at a nearby restaurant when he was approached by three men.READ MORE: One Dead In Compton Shooting
Police say the man was physically assaulted and his property taken at gunpoint, including the gold necklace he was wearing. It was the latest in a spike of violent crime in the area, which has seen at least seven armed robberies and three murders in the last few months.READ MORE: Report: US Rep. Karen Bass To Run For LA Mayor
A video of the getaway car in Monday’s robbery was released by police, who described the suspects only as three Black men between 20 and 30 years old, with a fourth man as the getaway driver. The car was described as a red four-door sedan.
The spate of violent crimes prompted neighbors to take to the streets Wednesday night in a peaceful community walk organized by the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the LAPD. Local patrols have also been increased in the area, along with undercover and mounted officers.MORE NEWS: On First Day Pfizer's Booster Available For Eligible Adults In LA County, Few Have Turned Up For The Shot
Anyone with information in this crime or others can call Wilshire robbery Deteective S. Azmy at (213) 922-8229.