Incident description: The victim, who isn’t a student, advertised a Rolex watch on an online classifieds’ website. The suspect met the victim to make the purchase, displayed a handgun, and then stole the watch. The suspect then ran south through the apartment courtyard to the rear alley and out of view.

Time & date of incident: 12:30 p.m. on July 22, 2021

Location: Off campus at 710 W. 27th St.

Suspect description: The suspect is a Black male, approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with tattoos on his left arm and light facial hair.

He was wearing a red shirt, gray acid-washed jeans with holes, a black baseball cap and large, flower-shaped diamond earrings.

Suspect vehicle: No vehicle seen.
If you were in the vicinity during the time of this incident, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) asks for your help in identifying the suspect. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact DPS at (213) 740-6000 or the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) at (213) 485-6571. If you are ever in immediate danger, call LAPD at 911 or DPS at (213) 740-4321.

Please note that race, ethnicity, gender and/or religious affiliation are NOT considered the basis for suspicion; only behaviors are considered suspicious.

For information about how to respond during a robbery, please visit our What to do During a Robbery web page.

Avoid making cash transactions with strangers. If you don’t know the person buying or selling the item(s), DPS recommends that you ask the person to meet with you at a DPS station to make the transaction.

DPS issued this crime alert for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.