A robber who targeted a Melrose Avenue ATM user in Hollywood is now being targeted by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD last night put the suspect's photo on blast, so to speak, distributing it to the world at large with the hope that someone might recognize him.
It's not clear if detectives believe the guy has allegedly done this more than once, but here's what cops are telling us:
At 9:10 on Oct. 15 a man was robbed at a Bank of America ATM in the 4900 block of Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, police allege.
(There's a bustling Bank of America branch closer to the corner of Melrose and Western avenues).
According to the LAPD's account:
The suspect approached the victim from behind, reached into his waistband and simulated a handgun. The suspect then told the victim to give him cash or he would be shot. The suspect took the victim’s money from the ATM and fled.
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Check out the photos, which appear to be from ATM or bank security video. The suspect, in a purple Lakers cap and purple Vikings NFL jersey, is believed to be 5 feet, 9 inches, 175 pounds, the LAPD said.
He was last seen in a newer, red Toyota Yaris.
If you think you know who he is, investigators would love to hear from you: 213-972-2955.