Shocking moment diners robbed at GUNPOINT in broad daylight from restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles
Shocking video shows group of diners on the patio of a trendy Los Angeles restaurant with gun threats in broad daylight, the latest incident in a wave of violent crime that began with the COVID pandemic -19.
The theft took place just before 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 7300 block of Melrose Avenue, a popular shopping and dining street that connects the Beverly Hills and Silver Lake neighborhoods, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police are investigating the incident on surveillance footage, which shows a man and two women sitting at a table covered with handbags and shopping bags.
They seem relaxed, looking at their phones and chatting, when two masked men in hoodies suddenly crowd around them.
Police are investigating an armed robbery that appears to have taken place outside La Crème Café on Melrose Avenue on Tuesday afternoon
Two masked men shot the dining trio and stole their purses and shopping bags
The incident took less than 20 seconds and was captured on sidewalk surveillance video
One of the women drops her phone in fear when one of them pulls out a handgun.
The gun-wielding criminal takes the phone and stuffs it into a purse on the table, which he retrieves along with the rest of the group’s belongings.
The other thief searches the pockets of the male restaurant while raising his hands.
The incident lasted less than 20 seconds and appears to have taken place at the European-style restaurant La Crème Café.
The restaurant did not immediately respond to calls and emails from DailyMail.com.
“Shocking,” local resident Asha Iyer told KABC.
It’s terrifying. I live in this neighborhood and I hang out all the time. I had no idea what was going on.
The incident appears to have taken place at La Crème Café, a European-style restaurant
There has been a spate of violent crime this year on bustling Melrose Avenue, home to retailers like Urban Outfitters and various restaurants.
In February, there were reports of thefts of Rolex watches from people walking along the Strip.
In March, three men pointed a gun at a couple walking after lunch and took their belongings, including a gold necklace, before escaping in a car driven by a fourth suspect, according to KABC.
Last month, a Shoe Palace store worker – just three blocks from the March heist and seven blocks from Tuesday’s heist – was fatally shot after an argument over a raffle.
Police subsequently arrested a 16-year-old suspect, according to KABC.
Melrose Avenue, home to various shops and restaurants, has been the scene of violence this year as violent crime increases in Los Angeles, mainly due to an increase in homicides
There were more than 350 murders in Los Angeles last year, a 38% increase from 2019, according to Los Angeles magazine.
“It’s a puzzle,” David Abrams, a University of Pennsylvania law professor who runs the City Crime Stats website, told magazine.
“I think a lot of people are trying to figure it out. I haven’t seen anything convincing that nails it completely.
As of July 31, total crime in Los Angeles was up 2.3% from a year ago, according to data from the LA County Sheriff’s Office.
The increase is mainly due to criminal homicides, which saw a surprising increase of 73%.
There were 178 homicide cases in Los Angeles from Jan.1 to July 31, down from just 103 during the same period last year.
This year, the City of Angels is on track to record 437 murders, the highest number since 2006, according to LA magazine.
Robbery, on the other hand, is down 21% from a year ago.