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Alert MBPD Officer Apprehends Robbery Suspects

In addition to an armed robbery in MB, four juveniles have been connected to incidents in other nearby areas, say police.

An alert Manhattan Beach patrol officer stopped a vehicle that matched one described in a crime broadcast from the Redondo Beach Police Department and subsequently four juveniles were booked on suspicion of robbery and other related charges, said MBPD Detective Sergeant Paul Ford Thursday.

RBPD's crime broadcast was made on Oct. 17 at 7:47 p.m. and described a white 4-door vehicle with four occupants, at least one of whom had brandished a firearm at a citizen. The MBPD officer conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle and its occupants at Manhattan Beach and Aviation boulevards, said Ford.

During the traffic stop, MBPD's dispatch received a call of an armed robbery of a pizza delivery person in the 1700 block of 1st Street with a suspect description matching the vehicle and four occupants.

Then, shortly after that, MBPD learned that the El Camino [College] Police Department had responded to an armed robbery with similar suspect and vehicle descriptions.

The Manhattan Beach investigation has connected these suspects with each of the reported crimes, said Ford.

After they were booked, the four juveniles were transported to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. 

Jeff Klopmeyer October 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Why was it necessary to identify the suspects by their race? Had the juveniles been white, would they have been labelled as such? Most sources cite that this is an egregious violation of journalistic ethics. The suspects are not being identified so that they can be apprehended; they are already in custody. I realize that Patch articles are often written by people who don't have a professional background in journalism, but this borders on bigotry and intolerance. I highly recommend that you immediately edit this article to remove the racial identification, which does not serve the informational aspect of the story in any way.
boomboom October 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
They were identified for who they were. So what and enough of the ridicoulous bigotry cry me a river junk already. I am Hispanic of Cuban dissent. I am bothered by it and neither should you. I have been turned down for work because of my skin. I overcame and now own a business. Perhaps if they were trying to get a job instead of becoming armed thieves who now have to go to jail and be supported by our tax dollars then Perhaps they wouldn't be in the news. Correct? Leave it alone dude.
Always Right October 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Very good response Brian. I agree 100%. Bleeding hearts like Jeff make me sick. I've read many articles identifying suspects as white.
Mike October 21, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Hey Jeff, your an idiot.
Jeff Klopmeyer October 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I might indeed be an idiot, Mike... but you might want to note that when you wrote "your", you mean to write "you're". That means "you are", as opposed to something that belonged to me. It is somewhat ironic to be defined as an idiot by a gentleman who wouldn't pass a fifth grade language arts test. In any case, I am glad to see that Patch removed the racial description. No amount of bullying would change my mind that alerting Patch about their mistake was the right thing to do. As Patch is now aware, it is fine to list the racial characteristics of a suspect at large, so he or she can be apprehended. It is not fine when the suspect has been caught already. That's the difference. Thanks again for doing the right thing, Patch.

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