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Men arrested in beer theft at Vons allegedly threatened security with box cutter

August 20, 2013

An 18-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Friday after he allegedly tried to cut a loss-prevention worker’s face with a box cutter, police said.

The incident occurred after the man reportedly tried to steal two packs of beer from a Vons store in the 300 block of West Los Feliz Road.

Bryan Ramirez was taken into custody on suspicion of robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Glendale police.

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He and another man, Gabriel De Los Reyes, 18, allegedly entered the store, grabbed two packs of beer and exited.

The loss-prevention worker confronted Ramirez, who police said tried to flee before a struggle ensued.

At some point during the struggle, Ramirez reportedly brandished the box cutter and held it a foot away from the worker’s eye, police said.

With the aid of a bystander, the worker was able handcuff Ramirez.

De Los Reyes was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and possessing methamphetamine and permanent markers used for graffiti, police said.

Officers arrested a third man, Ramiro Medina, at the scene after he told police De Los Reyes reportedly called him and asked for a ride from the store because he was going to steal beer, police said.

-- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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