Suspects in 2 Robberies Allegedly Used a Taser to Threaten Store Employees

Suspects in 2 Robberies Allegedly Used a Taser to Threaten Store Employees
An employee demonstrates a Taser at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 8, 2007. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
City News Service

LOS ANGELES—A 35-year-old man is behind bars while two women are still being sought April 18 in connection with a pair of robberies carried out by suspects armed with a Taser.

Antwaun Pollard was arrested April 5 following a robbery at a retail store that occurred around 2:20 p.m. that day in the 4000 block of South Main Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said Mr. Pollard and two unidentified women went into the store, picked out merchandise and tried to leave without paying, but they were confronted by store employees. Mr. Pollard allegedly threatened the employees with a Taser, and the suspects left.

According to police, officers were able to capture Mr. Pollard with the help of store loss prevention personnel, but the two women eluded capture, and the Taser was not recovered.

Mr. Pollard was booked into jail and subsequently charged with second-degree robbery. He is due back in court Monday. He remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

Around 2:10 p.m. April 10, two women—believed to be the same ones who took part in the earlier robbery—entered a store in the 3200 block of South Central Avenue and tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise, police said. One of the women was armed with a Taser, and the pair left the store despite efforts by employees to stop them.

The women were described only as short and between 25 and 30 years old.

Police on Wednesday released Mr. Pollard’s booking photo and surveillance photos of the two women in hopes of generating tips from the public leading to their arrest.

Anyone with information was urged to contact LAPD Newton robbery detectives at 323-318-3559. Calls during non-business hours and weekends should be directed to 877-527-3247. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or