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Tyler Rodgers Identified as Suspect in Smoke Shop Robbery

Help Manhattan Beach Police locate this man, who they suspect slashed a store employee's throat during the robbery on Thursday.

Updated: This article was updated with the victim's condition around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tyler Rodgers has been identified as the suspect the Manhattan Beach Police Department is searching for in the alleged robbery and throat slashing of a employee. The crime occurred Thursday afternoon at the Cigar and Smoke Shop, 1751 Arestia Boulevard, just within city limits.

Rogers, who is currently on probation for robbery, is 18 years old, 5’9” tall and 135 lbs.

Anyone with information on Tyler's whereabouts should contact MBPD or their local police agency as soon as possible.

MBPD Detective Michael Rosenberger can be reached at 310-802-5127; MBPD's main line is 310-820-5140.

Sunday around 7 p.m., MBPD Lt. Steve Tobias said the employee whose throat was slashed underwent surgery and is recovering at a hospital.

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Diane August 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Nice guy!
Diane August 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Where is Al or Jessie?? I don't hear a word from them?
Cheong Yei August 20, 2012 at 05:27 PM
You won't unless they can cry 'victim'. When their constituents are perpetrators, like in black-on-white or even black-on-black crimes, they are deafly silent.
Glenn August 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are silent bkuz they have no power...no voice...and almost no respect...they don't speak for black ppl...we can speak for ourselves...
Glenn August 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Every time something happens to a black person ppl always wanna hear from Al and Jesse...about a person they don't even kno...the only reason they ever speak up iz for publicity...
Laura Thomas August 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM
There are many things that bother me about this crime. 1. The perpetrator identified is only 18 years old. AND on probation for another crime. That means that he probably committed his other crime(s) before the age of 18 as a juvenile. That's just sad and infuriating, all rolled into one. He was smart enough to dress in a shirt and tie, I'm guessing he's smart enough to do something else besides crime. 2. This robbery and assault (thank goodness, it's NOT a murder, although not because he didn't try to murder the clerk) took place about 17-18 days AFTER a robbery at the local Rite-Aid on Aviation. About a block from the smoke shop, by the way. I'm a bit concerned about these two crimes occurring less than a month apart, about a big block apart. No, I realize the Rite-Aid robbery did not result in anyone being hurt, but . . . where are the police and what are they sayiing about these crimes occurring close in both space and time? I know we are all involved, especially those of us in the North Redondo neighborhoods nearby and we need to be on the watch for anyone who looks like they don't "belong" - and that brings up my third point. In both cases, the perpetrators have been identified as black males. Now, am I supposed to be more alert to black males in my neighborhood? I don't want to be racist, just safe. Again - what are the police suggesting? Would love to hear from RB and MB PD's here. Thanks!
Jason Granvia August 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Very sad. What the hell is going on. Why did he have to slit his throat? Hope they catch this scumbag!
Seena Todd September 08, 2012 at 04:01 AM
No one knows what another person has suffered in their life. This is no excuse but this young man and his family has been through hell. For one his dad (Tyler's) was found murdered under the steps of the Pomona YMCA. This not an excuse but it had a profound affect on Tyler. That's just the tip of the iceburg. Have any of you walked in his shoes?

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