Police arrest four teenagers in strong-arm robbery on San Gabriel River bike trail

Police have arrested four teenagers who are accused of robbing and assaulting a man as he was riding his bike along the San Gabriel River bike trail in East Long Beach in February.

The man was riding his bike along the river trail near the College Park Estates neighborhood on Feb. 10 when a group of juveniles punched and kicked him and then stole his wallet and cellphone as he laid injured on the ground, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement. Police said the group then threw the victim’s bicycle onto the rocks along the riverbed.

The man was treated at a local hospital for bruises and lacerations to his upper torso.

Police reviewed video evidence of the strong-arm robbery and were able to identify some of the suspects. Officers subsequently arrested the four teenagers, who were between the ages of 14 and 15. The teens were transported to Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles where they were booked on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. 

The suspects appeared in court on Monday and three of the four teens were released on house arrest, police said.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying additional subjects who were present during the assault. Anyone with information is asked to call Robbery Detail Detective Fermin Gonzalez at 562-570-7068. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].
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