Cell phone snatched in Leo Park

The La Verne Police Department is investigating a snatch-and-run robbery, which occurred at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday, at Leo Park, according to University Campus Safety and police reports.

According to reports by the LVPD and Campus Safety, a couple of students were playing basketball in Leo Park when an unknown male snatched a cell phone from a female student.

The suspect is described a as roughly six feet tall with a thin build, dark complexion, a mohawk, a goatee, black sweatpants and a red hoodie with the number 69 on it, according an email sent by Campus Safety to the ULV community Thursday.

He grabbed the cell phone from her hand and headed northbound from Leo Park, according to the email.

“We saw people chasing him,” said James Miyashiro, senior director of safety operations at Campus Safety. “A male person that was on the basketball court chased him, as well as the female that had the cell phone stolen. She fell down, so she wasn’t able to continue chasing him.”

The man chasing the suspect knows the female student, Miyashiro said. The suspect ran to a red car waiting on Second Street near the La Verne Bookstore. The vehicle drove eastbound down 2nd Street.

Campus Safety shared video footage with police.

No other information  was released by Thursday press time.

–Aryn Plax

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