A female student was walking southbound on Orchard Street when a female suspect exited a vehicle and attempted to grab the student’s cell phone. A struggle ensued between the student and the suspect. A second suspect exited the vehicle to assist the first suspect. Nearby witnesses engaged in the struggle to assist the student. The two suspects were overcome by the witnesses, re-entered the vehicle, and fled south on Orchard.
DPS officers in the area responded after a radio broadcast of a robbery in-progress. DPS officers observed the suspects fleeing southbound Orchard in a brown Chevy sedan. Officers followed the suspects until they turned into the parking lot of an apartment complex where they were taken into custody. Both female suspects were positively identified by the victim and witnesses. The suspects were arrested and booked at LAPD Southwest Division where they remain in custody on charges of robbery and aggravated assault.
USC Department of Public Safety Recommendations – Robbery
- If you are the victim of a robbery remain calm and do not resist. Assure the robber you will cooperate and take no action that may jeopardize your safety. Do not make any quick or unexpected movements. Follow the robber’s direction, but do not offer more than they ask for. Don’t argue with the robber. After the robbery, go immediately to a safe location and report the crime. For the University Park Campus (UPC) call DPS emergency at (213) 740-4321, for the Health Sciences Campus (HSC) call (323) 442-1000 or the LAPD at 9-1-1.
- If you observe a crime in progress, STAY CALM AND CALL DPS emergency for UPC at (213) 740-4321, for the Health Sciences Campus call (323) 442- 1000 or the LAPD at 9-1-1.
- Be a good witness: It is important to recall what you observed and provide as many details as possible to law enforcement such as: the sex, race, age, height, hair color, clothing, tattoos, scars of any suspects and a description of the make and model of any vehicle used in the crime and its license plate if possible.
USC Department of Public Safety
3667 S. McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-6000 Non-Emergency
(213) 740-4321 Emergency