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By Veronica Rocha | December 10, 2013
A 60-year-old Glendale woman fought off a would-be robber, who reportedly tried to snatch her purse this weekend, police said. The woman parked and exited her car at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Luton Drive, when she suddenly saw a man walking toward her, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. She noticed the man “was acting suspicious,” so she walked faster toward her home, Lightfoot said. Soon after, he reportedly started running toward her and grabbed her purse as she entered her driveway.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 17, 2011
Police are searching for a man who stole an 84-year-old woman's purse Thursday as she walked to her Northwest Glendale apartment. The woman had just exited a Good Day Adult Day Care bus about 2 p.m. on the 400 block of West Stocker Street when the man allegedly walked up to her, pushed her and grabbed her purse. He fled northbound on Dorothy Drive. She described the thief as a 6-foot white, adult man. He was wearing a black T-shirt, gray shorts and red socks, according to police.
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December 21, 2012
A 56-year-old Glendale woman reported Thursday that her purse containing a $1,000 bonus check was stolen from a shopping cart in a grocery store parking lot, police said The woman told police that at about 7:54 p.m. she exited Vons market in the 500 block of North Glendale Avenue and briefly turned to open her vehicle trunk. That's when she suddenly noticed two men running toward her, according Glendale police reports. She had placed her purse, which contained a wallet, identification and credit cards, a cellphone, a pair of glasses and the bonus check, in the shopping cart.
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November 20, 2012
A 48-year-old Glendale woman on Sunday reported her purse as being stolen by a man who crouched as he approached her on Magnolia Avenue, police said. The woman had just exited a bus about 7:41 p.m. and was walking home on Magnolia Avenue near Central Avenue when a man began walking toward her, according to Glendale Police Department reports. As the two neared, he crouched and grabbed the bottom of her purse and pulled it away, remaining silent the entire time, police said. After a brief scuffle, he was eventually able to take it and run away, police said.
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February 20, 2013
A Glendale man in a white converted ambulance was arrested Sunday night after he stole a 55-year-old woman's purse, groceries and a plate, police said. Vahik Khajehkian, 50, was taken into custody about 7:45 p.m. when officers spotted him rummaging inside the ambulance, which was parked in the 1200 block of Allen Avenue - not far from the robbery, according to Glendale police. Under the ambulance, officers found a bag containing the woman's groceries and plate, police said. The Glendale woman bought a plate from the Goodwill Store and groceries from Jons International Marketplace in the 1700 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard before walking home.
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April 16, 2012
A thief got away with a woman's purse Sunday after he stole it from her SUV while she was placing items in the trunk, police said. The woman was standing at the rear of SUV about 8:20 a.m. on the 900 block of North Glendale Avenue when the thief stole the purse from the SUV's passenger seat, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The purse contained a cellphone, cash and credit cards. He allegedly got into a silver Mercedes SUV and fled toward the Ventura (134) Freeway.
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December 4, 2012
A woman was robbed of her purse at knifepoint Tuesday in South Glendale, police said. A knife-wielding man who was described as Latino and in his 20s reportedly ran up to the woman about 3:50 p.m. in the 700 block of East Lomita Avenue and snatched her purse, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. He fled in a silver vehicle, which was occupied by three other men, Lorenz added. The woman was not injured during the robbery. -- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA .  
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March 26, 2012
Two women wearing hooded sweat shirts on Sunday beat and robbed a 59-year-old woman of her purse on South Brand Boulevard, police said. The woman was walking north about 6:20 a.m. on the 1700 block of South Brand Boulevard when two other women suddenly approached from behind and tried to pull the purse away. She yelled “Don't, I don't have anything in there,” but that didn't stop the women, one of whom struck her in the mouth after the purse strap broke, according to police.
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October 9, 2012
A woman told police her purse was snatched by a man Friday as she walked on Adams Street. The robbery occurred when a black car pulled up next to her at about 11:40 p.m. on Adams, near Stanley Avenue, and the passenger began saying something to her that she didn't understand, according to Glendale police. The rear passenger then rolled down his window and grabbed her purse from her left shoulder. She tried holding on, but he was still able to pull it away, police said. The vehicle took off north on Adams.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 9, 2011
A 31-year-old Glendale man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing a woman's purse at gunpoint while riding a bicycle, police said. Special Enforcement Detail officers recognized the man, Ramiro Galicia, from the description provided by the victim in the robbery, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. They stopped him last week in the city for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk and let him go on a warning, he added. Several days later, police said Ramiro Galicia robbed a Glendale woman of her purse as she arrived home in the 600 block of East Elk Avenue.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
Police are asking for the public's help to find two men who allegedly physically assaulted a 68-year-old Glendale woman during a home-invasion robbery. The woman suffered minor injuries, but she didn't require medical treatment, said Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. The woman was reportedly sitting in her living room at about 10 p.m. April 17, when she suddenly heard noises in the backyard of her home in the 1000 block of North Kenilworth Avenue. Soon after, two men - both described as Latino, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 with a medium builds - entered her home through an unlocked rear door and demanded money, Lightfoot said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 15, 2014
A 35-year-old Glendale woman was injured Thursday after a motorist passing alongside her tried to steal her purse and then dragged her beside his vehicle, police said. The woman was taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where she was treated for injuries to her face, hands and knees, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. She reportedly had just parked her car at 5:10 p.m. in the 400 block of Salem Street and began crossing the street, when she noticed another vehicle approaching her. The woman thought the driver wanted to talk to her, so she stopped and waited as he drove up to her, Lightfoot said.
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By Veronica Rocha | December 10, 2013
A 60-year-old Glendale woman fought off a would-be robber, who reportedly tried to snatch her purse this weekend, police said. The woman parked and exited her car at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Luton Drive, when she suddenly saw a man walking toward her, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. She noticed the man “was acting suspicious,” so she walked faster toward her home, Lightfoot said. Soon after, he reportedly started running toward her and grabbed her purse as she entered her driveway.
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By Katherine Yamada | October 10, 2013
Ruth Radwanski and her new husband, Richard, came here in 1947, driving from the Detroit area in a new Dodge convertible, a wedding gift from his parents. They bought a house on West Stocker Street. She got a job as an organist at a local church and life was good. But, then, in a moment, everything changed. Her mother-in-law had come out for a visit, she said in a recent interview in her Glendale home. "I wanted my playing to be perfect that Sunday, so I went down to practice," she recalled.
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April 23, 2013
A Glendale woman was assaulted Saturday during a robbery attempt in downtown Glendale, police said. She refused medical treatment after being hit in the face with the alleged thief's jacket, according to Glendale police. The woman was waiting for the Glendale Beeline bus at about 4:40 p.m. in the 200 block of North Brand Boulevard when a man suddenly approached her and hit her with his jacket. While her face was covered with his jacket and she yelled for help, the man tried pulling her purse off her shoulder, police said.
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March 27, 2013
A 31-year-old Glendale woman reported that a man grabbed her breast and tried stealing her purse Tuesday as she walked to Starbucks, police said. The woman was using her iPhone and walking east toward the Starbucks in the 400 block of Burchett Street when she attempted to cross paths with the man, according to Glendale police. That's when the man reportedly grabbed her left breast and lunged to grab her purse. She quickly pulled away from the man, who then ran away west on Burchett Street.
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February 20, 2013
A Glendale man in a white converted ambulance was arrested Sunday night after he stole a 55-year-old woman's purse, groceries and a plate, police said. Vahik Khajehkian, 50, was taken into custody about 7:45 p.m. when officers spotted him rummaging inside the ambulance, which was parked in the 1200 block of Allen Avenue - not far from the robbery, according to Glendale police. Under the ambulance, officers found a bag containing the woman's groceries and plate, police said. The Glendale woman bought a plate from the Goodwill Store and groceries from Jons International Marketplace in the 1700 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard before walking home.
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January 18, 2013
A 55-year-old Glendale woman sustained minor injuries Wednesday when, as a cyclist attempted to steal her purse, she held on to it and hit her head on the ground, police said. The woman suffered a bruise on the back of her head and a scratch to her left knee, but she refused to be taken to a hospital, according to Glendale police. She was walking about 6 p.m. in the 200 block of East Chevy Chase Drive when she saw a man on a black BMX bicycle approaching her, police said. When the woman continued walking, she suddenly felt someone tugging her purse and pulling her hair.
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December 21, 2012
A 56-year-old Glendale woman reported Thursday that her purse containing a $1,000 bonus check was stolen from a shopping cart in a grocery store parking lot, police said The woman told police that at about 7:54 p.m. she exited Vons market in the 500 block of North Glendale Avenue and briefly turned to open her vehicle trunk. That's when she suddenly noticed two men running toward her, according Glendale police reports. She had placed her purse, which contained a wallet, identification and credit cards, a cellphone, a pair of glasses and the bonus check, in the shopping cart.
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December 4, 2012
A woman was robbed of her purse at knifepoint Tuesday in South Glendale, police said. A knife-wielding man who was described as Latino and in his 20s reportedly ran up to the woman about 3:50 p.m. in the 700 block of East Lomita Avenue and snatched her purse, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. He fled in a silver vehicle, which was occupied by three other men, Lorenz added. The woman was not injured during the robbery. -- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA .  
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