Resident Robbed at Gunpoint, Unharmed

Detectives continue to investigate the armed robbery of a San Marino resident in his driveway on Friday night.
According to the San Marino Police Department, two unidentified suspects approached the victim at around 9:55 p.m. Friday, July 13, while he exited his vehicle, which he had just parked in the driveway at his home in the 1200 block of St. Albans Road. One suspect is said to have held a silver handgun to the victim’s head while the second suspect cursed at the victim and demanded his watch and money clip.
After the victim complied, the two men ran down the driveway toward St. Albans Road and were last seen running south toward Monterey Road. SMPD officers and the Pasadena Police Department’s helicopter did not locate the suspects.
The victim was not injured and had been getting out of the vehicle alone after one of his children had exited it and gone inside their home when they first pulled into the driveway. Detective Naved Qureshi with SMPD said the victim made the right call in cooperating with the robbers’ demands.
“Generally, that would be the safer idea,” he said. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt. That’s the bottom line. I always tell people that property can be replaced, but people can’t.”
Qureshi said this robbery was “not typical” of San Marino, which typically boasts extremely low violent crime rates. He added it was unclear if the robbers had followed the victim or were simply opportunistic while casing the area for targets.
The suspect holding the gun was described as a black man in his 30s, standing between 6 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds and wearing a black hoodie, black pants and black shoes. The second suspect was described as a black man in his 30s, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering on the front, black pants and black shoes.
Qureshi noted there was a similar armed robbery reported in South Pasadena last week but did not know enough about that investigation to determine whether they might be linked. Asked about a handgun that was reported stolen from a San Marino home last week, Qureshi said he had looked into that in relation to this robbery but found that the stolen handgun was black, not silver.
Those with information regarding this incident are urged to contact Qureshi at (626) 300-0728 or by emailing nqureshi@smpd.us.

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