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Separate Incidents: Woman Robbed at Gunpoint; Alert Officer Recovers Loaded Gun

A semi-automatic gun is pointed at a woman in the parking lot outside of Trader Joe's and a traffic stop yields a loaded weapon when MBPD searches the vehicle.

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Two incidents involving guns have happened in Manhattan Beach this year: one an armed robbery; the other a search by an MBPD officer resulting in the recovery of a loaded gun.

On Jan. 16 around 7:20 p.m., a woman walking to her vehicle in the parking lot from Trader Joe's on Rosecrans Avenue was confronted by a man with a gun. While walking to her car, she heard a male voice, to which she turned and then had a semi-automatic gun pointed at her.

The man with the gun is described as a male Hispanic, 23, 5'8" to 5'10", 190 pounds, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt. His accomplice is described as a male Hispanic, 23, 5'8" to 5'9", 190 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

While pointing the gun at the woman, the first suspect grabbed the woman's wallet and fled on a bicycle along with his accomplice.

Earlier in the year, a Manhattan Beach Police Department officer conducting a traffic stop on Artesia Boulevard around 7:26 p.m. on Jan. 10 found a loaded .40 caliber gun hidden in the car's center console below the gear shift, said MBPD Officer Stephanie Martin.

The officer searched the vehicle after learning its solo occupant was on active parole for possession of narcotics for sales. MBPD also found a stolen credit card and iPod. The suspect was arrested.

Patricia Quagletti January 24, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Wow, if's only January 24 people; I think our beautiful beach city is changing rapidly before our eyes. There were two burglaries in the tree section a few months back, one when a young man had just walked in his home and saw the burglar. The burgler was never apprehended to my knowledge. How are we supposed to protect our families and our homes?? Any ideas, folks??
Letitia Lombardelli January 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Why are we not finding out about this hold-up at TJ's until more than a week later..? Would you have gone shopping there last week knowing there was a guy with a gun in the parking lot last week, who was never apprehended..? Just saying...
Elissa B January 25, 2013 at 02:00 AM
This is a good reminder to be cautious, even in affluent areas. I was actually there that same night and had no idea that a mugging had just occurred an hour earlier. Scary.
John January 25, 2013 at 02:21 AM
A good reminder on why everyone should carry and own guns.
Bill Anderson February 02, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Yes, not just Manhattan Beach but the whole south bay seems to be changing, and not in a good way. The big question is why.

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